Benefits of Visualization:  Paving the Way

The benefits of visualization may help you realize your goals while positively impacting your well-being at the same time.

You get to walk (or run) the journey to your end goal before you take action in real life.  You get a preview of the movie called your life before it ever happens.

For some of you this may seem like a lot of work or yet one more thing to do to fit in your busy schedule.


Maybe you think this is woo-woo stuff.

If this seems like one more thing to do (like it did for me) or woo-woo, consider the following: 

When you go to work in the morning, you already envision your destination and how you will get there before you ever set your foot out the door.  If you don't envision your end destination, you might end up going someplace unexpected.


Before you go to the grocery store - you create a list of what you need to buy, you envision yourself going to the store, and how you will get there.  Then, you envision yourself buying what you need, checking out, and paying for your food.

When you don't envision these things, you may buy more or less of what you need.  Or maybe you completely forget to buy something that is needed.

The point is that visualization is very simple. You already know how to do it.  Now, it is just an opportunity to practice it and direct the power of your imagination.

But Does it Work?

Some of you may have heard that many athletes use visualization as part of their practice before a competition.  I have considered sports more of a mental game on many an occasion.

What top performing athletes do is play and re-play images of the competition they would be in before it ever happened.

In fact, there is a study of Russian Olympic athletes that have been referenced by a few sites.  The group that spent the most time doing mental training performed the best.

The same areas of the brain that would be activated when performing the act of competing are stimulated when the athletes envisioned performing in their competition.

The study is referenced in this article: 
Here's The Trick Olympic Athletes Use To Achieve Their Goals

Other examples of people who used the benefits of visualization are:

  • Michael Jordan used to visualize himself taking the game winning shot.
  • When Jim Carey was a struggling actor, he used to visualize himself being a great actor.

My Personal Experience

I have used the benefits of visualization on many occasions.  I have visualized how a coaching call will go.  I view the person I am about to speak to as a powerful person, fully capable of achieving what they say they want.  You know what? 

When I come to calls like  that, the person on the other end usually does fulfill on what they say they want.

And if they don't?  They are a heck of a lot closer than they were. 

Another personal example is losing weight.  There are times when my weight creeps up to 139 pounds.  While I still look thin to most people, I do not particularly like weighing that much.  I admit it, I am vain.

So, if I want to lose weight, I visualize the scale displaying the number I want to see.  When I do that, it's much easier to uncover the actions that will help me get there.

Visualization and Manifesting

Visualization is not a guarantee for success.  However, one of the benefits of visualization is that it helps make the road to success much easier

You are much more likely to fulfill on your goal when you visualize it and allow yourself to experience the emotions you would feel before you obtain your goal.

As you visualize your goal, you will most likely come up with ideas for actions you can take.  If the action you took did not work out, no problem. 

You will course correct and take another action.  This is like riding a bike on a trail.  You navigate around the rocks and stones barring your path.

Many of us use the power of visualization to imagine our debts piling up, or having that aggravating conversation with another person (sometimes our spouse). 

So, why not practice the power of visualization to imagine our net worth increasing, or having that amazing conversation with another person, or fulfilling on our goal?

Other Benefits of Visualization

Visualizing the outcome and allowing ourselves to experience the outcome in our mind is almost like stress relief or taking a vacation
You can play out the scenario the way  you want it to go.  You can experience the inspiration and joy you would feel throughout the process. 

And, when you visualize that way, there are positive benefits to your health.  If you do not believe me, check out this article on how thoughts and emotions impact health: How Do Thoughts & Emotions Impact Health?

In addition, you focus the power of your mind like a laser beam.  And, you can create the situation you imagine with no limitations. 

This is beginning with the end in mind.  As we illustrated earlier, you already do this in your every day life.

THESE are the benefits of visualization.  Not even the SKY is the limit.

DISCLAIMER:  Please be aware that the information on this website is for educational purposes only. cannot guarantee the results you will achieve by applying the principles and practices that are listed on this site.

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