Sound spooky – well in a way it is.
What am I referring to? – The immense power of visualisation.
What is visualisation and is there any proof behind it?
Let me give you a few examples of the evidence behind visualisation and the power of imagery in manifesting your dreams.
This example has been used frequently because it proves visualisation works time and time again.
Australian Psychologist Alan Richardson carried out an experiment with some athletes. He took a group of basketball players, divided them in 3 groups and tested each player’s ability to make free throws. He measured the percentage of improvement of each player after twenty days.
The first group would physically practice 20 minutes every day, for twenty days
The second would only visualize themselves making free throws, but no real physical practice was allowed. They were to visualise making the free throw , if they missed they would practice getting the next throw in. Again for twenty days.
The third group, the control group would not practice or visualise, for twenty days.
Not surprisingly the third group did not have any improvement. However the results for group one and two were amazing. Group one improved by 24%, group two by 23% – yes the players that did not practice but visualised improved significantly and nearly to the same degree as the players that practiced physically every day.
In his paper on the experiment, published in Research Quarterly, Richardson wrote that the most effective visualisation occurs when the visualiser feels and sees what he is doing. In other words, the visualizers in the basketball experiment “felt” the ball in their hands and “heard” it bounce, in addition to “seeing” it go through the hoop.
This great example comes from the famous artist Emilie Autumn, who is a great violinist, and claims that her music writing skills were developed by playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D mentally every night just to suppress her auditory hallucinations.
She would picture herself playing it with her violin while still being very young. Imagine all the hours she accumulated playing in her mind. That could actually get her close to 10,000 hours of practice – of course she played it brilliantly without fault her mind and muscles were attuned to it.
Then we have the experiments carried out by the Max Plank Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany. They have proven that just by visualising an action they can, using brain scanning technology, see the parts of the brain light up that are the same as if the person was actually carrying out that action. Furthermore emotional areas of the brain associated with that action and thought also lit up accordingly.
These brain studies have revealed that mental imagery impacts cognitive processes in the brain just as if the action were real, impacting not just the motor control areas but the areas of attention, perception and memory.
It is only in recent years that they have had the neuro-scanning technology to be able to prove these experiments.
“The Power a man has is not gained by the size of his muscles, but rather from the strength of his vision”
There are various methods to visualising and one easy method is to create a Vision Board the asset of this is that in the process you can clearly define your goals.
Having clarity over your goals and using visualisation at the same time is like a double whammy – an extremely impressive and successful process.
Learn more about visualisation and vision boards here – now.