Many people shy away from visualization to achieve their goals simply because it feels like it would take too long to see results. After all, isn’t the key to constant visualization repetition? The answer is yes…and no. By all means, you’re going to see better results the more you engage in visualization. But there are some very quick and even instantaneous benefits to visualization which might surprise you.
1. You Feel More Motivated
Just the act of visualization is going to generate positive emotions immediately. After all, you’re staring at your success. Who wouldn’t feel motivated by that? The funny thing is, this feeling of motivation will follow you throughout the rest of the day so long as you don’t allow it to become buried under negativity. Guard this feeling well and use it to throw yourself into the next step toward your goal.
2. You Create a Clearer Goal
Maybe you weren’t entirely sure what you were hoping to achieve at the beginning of the visualization exercise. The thing is, if you did the exercise right, you’re going to know exactly what you want at the end of it. Why? Because to create a solid visualization, you need to layer in all the details, using every one of your senses. You have to see your success, and you can’t see what you don’t know.
3. Your Internal Dialogue Improves
We talk to ourselves all the time. Unfortunately, a lot of what we say to ourselves is negative, driving down our goals and ambitions by pointing out the flaws and all the places you’re likely to go wrong. Visualization answers those concerns. When you spend time working through what you want in this much detail, you’re also going to consider the possible problems – and their solutions – as part of this visualization. You also become surer of yourself and your success, which silences this inner negativity once and for all.
4. Performance Improves
Even practicing in your head is still practicing. The use of visualization helps you to work through what you’re doing, all the way to the successful outcome, making you confident as you step up to do the work. It’s always easier to do something you’ve already done before (even if the only place you’ve done it is in your head).
5. You Relax
Visualization is one of the surest and quickest ways to calm stress and kill anxiety. Using a quick visualization designed to ease tension will leave you feeling relaxed in mere minutes. Now you’re truly ready for whatever comes next.