Does Visualization really work?

Posted on 12th August, 2013

Does Visualization really work?

 

What is Visualization?

 

In laymen’s terms, it means recreating all the images, sounds and feelings in your mind surrounding an activity in order to practice in a perfect environment. Just like the small dojo where Morpheus and Neo fight in the movie.

 

It may sound hard, but let me prove to you that you can do it. Take a couple of minutes to close your eyes and imagine yourself going to the kitchen and getting a cup of coffee. Try to imagine every detail, even the smell of the coffee.

Were you able to imagine the cup of coffee? Maybe you were using your favourite cup, and that awesome coffee brand that you love. You may even want a cup of coffee right now. That’s how visualization works.

 

Don’t worry if you didn’t catch all the details, just like any other skill, you need to practice. However, it is worth the time it takes to learn it.

Let me give you some evidence, in Harvard University they decided to check this theory out and to their amazement achieved great results. Firstly they had 3 subjects and asked the first one for 30mins each day strengthen his finger on a little machine, the second subject was to visualize strengthening his finger for 30mins each day and the third was just to sit and watch the first subject for 30 mins each day. The results where outstanding the first gained 50% strength, the second VISUALIZING gained 45% strength and the third by just watching gained 35% more strength in his finger.

 

So proof that Visualisation does work.

So how do you do it?

Visualization is simple, but it requires you to practice often to get the best results out if it. Just follow the steps and enjoy the process:

•Relax: Take a couple of deep breathes, let go of all the tension, and close your eyes. It works even better if you find a quiet spot where nobody will bother you. I do it right before I go to bed.

•Start imagining the environment: Let’s say you want to lift more weight in the gym, imagine the bench, the weight above you (exact weight you want to reach), the surrounding, every little detail.

•Third person view: Now imagine yourself putting your hands on the bar, concentrating on your breathing feeling the weight of the bar, always trying to add as much detail has possible.

•First person view: Feel the bar, imagine taking the weight, straining under the pressure, again adding all the detail you can remember and now allow yourself to lift the bar and achieve your desired goal.

•Wrapping it up: Allow yourself to slowly come back. You completed your practice and the image slowly fades. When you feel ready, open your eyes again.

I have used this process myself, I was stuck on a certain weight and through visualisation managed to get to my desired goal.

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