“If you want to reach your goal, you must see the reaching in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.” Zig Ziglar
Visualisation is a powerful tool to help you change your habits.
Visualisation has been validated scientifically to be an effective way to learn new skills. Imagining yourself going through the motions of a complex performance activates prefrontal areas of the brain which are responsible for the formulation of the appropriate motor programs. Visualisation and mental rehearsal is a commonly used tool amongst Olympic athletes to enhance performance.
Visualisation works by accessing your subconscious mind to help achieve your goals. Once you imagine something new for yourself, your mind will come up with creative ideas about how to make the image a reality. By visualising we activate a place in the brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS). For example, you might tell your subconscious that you would like a new blue Mercedes Benz – you suddenly start noticing these cars everywhere. This is because your mind has now been alerted that this is an important goal to be realised.
Visualisation also builds on the Law of Attraction which states that whatever we focus on we will draw into our lives. If you focus on and imagine having a fit, healthy body you will begin to take actions to make this a reality. As 95% of our thoughts are in the realm of the subconscious, it is important for us to enlist its help. By visualising, our subconscious brain without our knowing it will help us overcome obstacles and come up with new ideas to assist us in the habit change process.
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