Visualization isn’t Magic

When I tell people that I visualize, some of them give me a skeptical glance. I think many people associate the concept of visualization as some kind of hocus pocus that people employ with The Law of Attraction. You visualize something that you want to happen and miraculously it happens.

I haven’t tried that kind of visualization, so I can’t say whether it works or not.

But when I talk about the visualization that I do, it’s grounded in reality. Many people use visualization all the time. Athletes are the most common ones that come to mind. All kinds of athletes will visualize themselves participating in their sport and going through complicated routines or taking shots on net and so on.

You “practice” in your mind before you are on the field of play and need to implement what you’ve practiced. The visualization “practice” is in addition to actual practices that take place with whatever sport that is being played. Visualization is an idealized practice because you make all the shots or complete all the moves successfully.

Many years ago, I attributed my getting into the National Theatre School with the visualization that I did. For weeks, I visualized my audition and mentally went through it multiple times every day. I visualized myself entering the room, introducing myself and launching into my audition.

I visualize daily as part of the Miracle Morning SAVERS. But my visualization is usually of myself getting up early and doing the SAVERS (Silence/Meditation, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scripting/Journaling). For the last 30 odds days, I’ve been visualizing myself working on my blog posts or writing.

Visualization helps with the tasks that I want to accomplish because I’ve already done them in my mind many times.

Visualization isn’t magic.  It’s a tool to help you practice something before you actually do it.

 

© 2019 Peter Gruner

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