What Are The Benefits of Visualization?
What does it mean to visualize?
You visualize when you use your imagination to build a mental scene in your mind.
Visualization means seeing mental images or scenes of events, situations or people in your mind.
It is possible to visualize not only images, but also smells, voices, sounds, tastes and even physical sensations.
You can visualize anything, good things and not so good things. This depends on your mental attitude.
People, who worry a lot, visualize difficulties and problems. This affects how they feel and act and what they encounter in their life.
On the other hand, positive people, usually carry positive mental images in their mind. This makes them even more positive and happy, and attracts positive events into their lives.
Some people can visualize clear images in their mind, while others can visualize only blurred images. Some find it easier to see visualize images, while others find it easier to imagine, sounds, smells or tastes.
Actually, everyone can improve the ability to imagine clear images. This is done through mental training.
The Benefits of Visualization
What are the benefits of visualization?
Where do we use it?
Visualization is a handy mental tool, which we all use every day, albeit unknowingly. We use it when making plans, when we read a book, when we give directions how to arrive to a certain place, and we use it to find solutions to problems.
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We imagine how we would act in certain circumstances, how we would feel in certain situations, how we are going to enjoy our vacation and what we would do if we were rich.
We use for daydreaming, but we also use it for most practical matters.
Here are a few of the benefits of visualization:
1. Imagination Has No Limits
In your imagination, you can see yourself as you wish to be and look, do what you love to do, and own the possessions you want.
In your imagination, you can be anything you want, and live the life you want. There are no limits.
If you continue visualizing in this way, without neutralizing your dreams by negative thoughts, you will begin changing your life and making what you imagine come true.
If you add motivation, ambition and discipline, you will be able turn almost anything you think about into reality.
2. It Is Important for Painters, Artists and Actors
Painters, artists, actors, and performers need to use their imagination.
A painter envisions what he or she wants to create.
Artists and musicians see and hear in their mind’s eye what they want to create or compose, and actors visualize their performance, so they can improve it.
3. It Is a Useful Training Tool for Athletes
Athletes can improve their performance by making mental rehearsals. These mental rehearsals train the mind to act, react and take care of the body as visualized, in real life.
Many athletes make use of this technique, in addition to training themselves physically. Runners for example, in addition physical training, can imagine themselves running fast easily and without effort, and arriving first to the finish line.
Weight lifters, swimmers, basketball players, and sportspeople in every area of sports can use this method.
4. It is a Useful Tool for Writers
A writer needs good imagination. He or she has to envision the characters, the scenes and the plot of the book. A writer builds the scenes in the imagination, and them writes them down.
5. It Can Help You Reduce Stress
Visualize yourself in high-pressure situations, but imagine yourself calm and relaxed, handling the situation with poise and without any stress.
If you repeat this mental scene a few times every day, you will soon discover that your stress level is dropping down in your everyday life.
6. It Gives You a Wider Point of View
Visualization can help you see any situation from various points of view, try different approaches, and decide of the best action to take. It provides you the ability to see things for a wider point of view, without limitations.
7. Visualization Can Help You Change Habits
If you wish to change certain habits and develop new ones, visualization can help you do that.
You need to see yourself in your imagination in situations that trigger the habit, behavior or reaction you want change, and then visualize yourself acting as you wish to act.
By rehearsing this mental scene over and again, you will eventually engrave it on your subconscious mind, and you will start acting and behaving accordingly.
8. Creative Visualization
Visualization is the main tool of the technique of creative visualization. In case you do not know what creative visualization means, it is a visualization technique for making positive changes in your life. It uses the law of attraction for manifesting your desires and dreams.
If you visualize a certain situation or a certain goal, day after day, and follow the rules of creative visualization, you will eventually create it in your life. I have explained in detail how to use this technique, and provided all the necessary guidance and advice in my book Visualize and Achieve Your Dreams.
9. Imagination Is the Tool for Success
Successful people in every area of life use their imagination to envision the future they want to achieve. This gives them better chances of achieving what they want.
If you read the biographies of successful people, you will discover that all of them have had constantly imagined themselves successful in their field.
As you can see, visualization has many benefits. It does not mean just daydreaming. It is a most practical tool, which you can use in all areas of your life.