LoveYourBrain Tip: Visualize Your Goals

VISUALIZE YOUR GOALS

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BRAIN HEALTH | 12.10.2018 | BY SHILO ZELLER, BSc.

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to take the game winning shot in nail-biter game? Or pictured yourself singing your favorite song in front of thousands of fans? Chances are, if you’ve done any sort of visualization exercises like the above, you would notice that your body will have a physiological response. You might feel your heart beating faster, your breathing might quicken - it might feel like you are actually in these scenarios.

This visualization technique is important for lots of professionals to prepare themselves for future events where they may be in high-stress situations. Taking the time to visualize future events and outcomes can help stave off feelings of fear, anxiety, and nervousness. Further to that, it can increase performance by improving the motivation, coordination, and concentration.

There are two ways you can practice visualization: outcome visualization vs. process visualization. In the first case, picture yourself achieving a goal. Think about the outcome in as much detail as possible: What are you wearing? Who is with you? What does the environment look like? In process visualization, think about all the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal. Again, in as much detail as you can.

Whether you’re training for a marathon or trying to hit a new milestone in life, using visualization can be a useful tool to help you get there!