In a previous podcast episode I talked about the power of visualization as a tool for helping you to achieve your goals and gave you six tips for maximizing your results. In today’s episode we’re going to look at the science behind visualization – the reasons why visualization works as well as it does. We’re even going to look at a couple of scientific research studies that came up with particularly interesting conclusions about the effectiveness of visualization as a tool for success.
If you’re like me, you want to know the reasons why you’re doing something, right? It’s all well and good for someone to tell you that some technique or tool is going to do great things for you… but admit it – even when you trust the person who’s telling you that, there’s still a little part of you that wants to see the evidence for the claim, isn’t there? This is good thing – blindly accepting what other people tell you without thinking it through for yourself is never a good idea. Which is why I always like to see the proof for the techniques and tools that I use, and why, besides just using it myself, I always do a lot of research on techniques and such before I recommend or talk about them on my site.
In a nutshell, the science behind visualization tells us that the reason it works so well is that your mental rehearsal of a task has the same effect as physically performing the task (i.e. the same neural connections and pathways fire up whether you’re actually doing the task or just visualizing yourself doing the task). Your mind starts creating a pattern or mental script for the task with regular visualization, and this script kicks into play when you next go out to actually do the task.
Check out all the fascinating details right here:
P.S. If you want to read that newspaper article that I mention in the show, it’s right here.
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