Visualization helps you get more of what you want. It's simple; you get what you focus on (the law of attraction, as mentioned in the bestseller "The Secret" and may other resources). When you vividly imagine achieving your goals, you trigger a whole series of subconscious processes, which will help you to reach your goals faster.
Seeing is Believing: The Power of Visualization
Brain studies now reveal that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow – all relevant to achieving your best life!
By "training your brain" to know what you want, you'll inevitably experience more "real world" success.
Dr Maxwell Maltz, in the classic book Psycho Cybernetics, noted:
"Your subconscious cannot tell the difference between a real memory, and a vividly imagined visualization"
As such, when you visualize you effectively "implanted” new memories into your self-image - meaning that your subconscious mind "thinks" you are already the success you dream of being. This frees up subconscious resources to help you reach your goals, and it also increases confidence, sometimes dramatically.
**Research Published on December 3, 2009 by AJ LeVan, MAPP in Flourish**
After beginning his swimming career as a tense and moody seven-year-old, Michael Phelps' coach taught him to imagine himself swimming a perfect race. Phelps saw himself make smooth strokes, touch the edges of the pool, and rip off his goggles at the finish to check his winning time. Phelps pictured all of this with his eyes closed. He calls it watching "his videotape."