That’s the magical part and the most challenging, because we have learned to be realistic and not to daydream. But it’s the only way we can achieve our goals and dreams, it’s the natural process of visualization, it’s a simple tool to create your life.
The good news is: it can be practiced and doing it or not doing it will determine your success in life. Lots of scientific studies have been done, especially in sports psychology, related to training Athletes, using visualization techniques.
Practical Application Of “Visualization”
Creative visualization is the technique of using one’s imagination to visualize specific behaviors or events occurring in one’s life. Advocates suggest creating a detailed schema of what one desires and then visualizing it over and over again with all of the senses (i.e., what do you see? what do you feel? what do you hear? what does it smell like?). For example, in sports a golfer may visualize the perfect stroke over and over again to mentally train muscle memory.
In one of the most well-known studies on creative visualization in sports, Russian scientists compared four groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their physical and mental training ratios:
- Group 1 received 100% physical training;
- Group 2 received 75% physical training with 25% mental training;
- Group 3 received 50% mental training with 50% physical training;
- Group 4 received 75% mental training with 25% physical training.
Group 4 had the best performance results, indicating that certain types of mental training, such as consciously invoking specific subjective states, can have significant measurable effects on biological performance. According to Cummins, The Soviets had discovered that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses. It has since become more widely understood and accepted in neuroscience and sports psychology that subjective training can cause the body to respond more favorably to consciously desired outcomes.
Visualization practices are a common form of spiritual exercise. In Vajrayana Buddhism, complex visualizations are used to attain Buddhahood, e.g. Generation Stage. Additionally, visualization is used extensively in sports psychology.
Dreaming big dreams, with powerful intentions and putting focused energy into visualizing the realization of these dreams, can create a force that moves mountains. At the same time it’s not a process that exists in isolation, it has to be combined with gratitude and living in the present. You might think, that being in the present contradicts visualizing. Well it does not, when you visualize you do it as if it has happened already you enjoy and fully feel the feeling of having achieved your dream, goals and desires. You can do it for as many times a day as you like, for 5 minutes, and the rest of the time you try to be in gratitude and the present moment. Make a vision board, looking at the images will make it easier. One tip: don’t analyze the process, just do it.
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