Many athletes talk about seeing themselves win a big game before they go out to perform. Business professionals visualize seeing themselves closing a big deal before it happens. Study after study has shown that visualization can lead someone to more consistent success, but why? Can you actually visualize real success before it happens?
Some people might put faith in premonitions and dreams for this, but anyone who visualizes success before it happens will increase the chances of actually being successful. This is because the mind has a unique ability to gain skills from this exercise. When you run a visualization through your mind, you’re actually running a simulation where you can mentally practice how to get the best outcome.
If you haven’t tried visualization before, then here are some tips to help get you get started.
#1. Visualize the perfect scenario. Perfect practice is what leads to perfect results. Imagine what the perfect scenario will be so that you can achieve the best possible outcome for whatever upcoming event you have going on. Now run through the various tasks, conversations, sales pitches, and other work you’ll need to accomplish to achieve that best possible outcome.
#2. Treat this time as real work. Far too many people use visualization exercises after hours or right before they go to bed. Instead of fitting in visualization during your spare moments at the beginning or end of the day, schedule time during your work day to do it. A best practice here is to schedule visualization time somewhere in the first 2 hours of your day because your mind is the freshest at this point in the day. Even just 10 minutes to visualize how to achieve success can be a very worthwhile investment.
#3. Follow through like you would a business plan. When you create a business plan, you’re outlining specific goals that must be achieved to accomplish a specific end result. In visualization, the task is the same. You’ll need to progress through the different goals that you have, see how they can be accomplished perfectly, and then simulate how those results can translate into the overall plan in place that needs to be achieved.
#4. Think about roadblocks that may get in your way. Visualizing perfection is wonderful, but it cannot be truly successful unless you’re also willing to take a look at the various obstacles you may encounter. Think about the roadblocks that could get in your way and then visualize how you would get around that obstacle. Take several routes, see your success in each one, and then you’ll be prepared for virtually any scenario that may come your way. Do not allow the obstacle to win – ever.
#5. Make your visualization as detailed as possible. If you can include specific details within your visualization session, then you’ll be better prepared for the real life situation. Think about sights, smells, and even touch as you proceed through each task. Remember what each situation is like, how it makes you feel, and how you react to them.