What is creative visualization?
Creative visualization is the exercise of seeking to affect the outer world by setting one's inner thoughts and expectations. Basically you can effectively think or dream about something to help you make your wishes come to fruition.
Why use creative visualization?
One of the most well-known studies on creative visualization was conducted by Russian scientists who compared the mental training to the physical training ratios of four different teams of Olympic athletes.
• Team A received 100% physical training
• Team B received 75% physical with 25% mental training
• Team C was 50 – 50
• Team D received 25% physical training and 75% mental training.
Team D showed the best performance results, even though they performed the least physical work thus discovering that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses. Another great reference is the Franklin Method if you want to study up more on this topic.
When I first read this, I wanted to try creative visualization with my son. At the time he was playing quarterback for his 6th grade football team. He was playing hard but was struggling to gain positive yards when called upon to run the ball. I helped him practice seeing himself gaining huge chucks of yardage. I presented different situations to him, and he practiced visualizing each movement. He would close his eyes and move his body through the motions (defenders). It was fun to watch him practice his visualization, but nothing compared to the excitement it created on the football field after only a couple days of using creative visualization. The first time it worked, he broke through a mob of would-be tacklers to score a touchdown. I was thrilled, but not nearly as thrilled as he was. He is now a firm believer in the power of the mind.
How to use this powerful technique:
• Set a goal.
• Use your imagination to create a mental structure of your desires.
o Start with photos or videos if necessary (ie. visualize a dream home)
• Visualize it over and over with all your senses.
o What does it look like? Smell like? Sound like? Feel like?
o Become enthusiastically attached to your desire!
• Have faith in the idea that your goal will be fulfilled.
• Repeat, repeat, repeat.
• Take action. Begin by taking baby steps to help you succeed your goal. Nothing happens without action. Be accountable to yourself.
When to use visualization
The beauty of visualization is that you can do it almost any time and all the time, but you have to really want something so badly that you can taste it. The burning in your stomach means that you have a desire – now get after it!
When my youngest son was in kindergarten he drew a picture of what looked like a bunch of tents with windows. He said it was a blanket fort. He wanted me to help him build it, but I wasn’t sure how. He used my long reach and pragmatic building capability and mixed it with his desire and creative direction. The entire living room was filled with propped up and oddly angled blankets. So much so that Mom couldn’t get mad, but only laugh when she saw how much fun he was having crawling around in his new fort.
Who can use creative visualization?
People of all ages. I use it to help discipline myself in my daily writing habit. It took me four years to complete my first book, Gladius and the Bartlett Trial. Now that I have learned to visualize what I want I was able to write book two, Gladius and the Sea of Lost Souls in eight months. Book three is coming along on schedule as well. These books are a part of the Gladius Adventure Series trilogy, a fantasy adventure story for ages 8 and up. For more information please visit www.authorjapaul.com
Here are some famous people who claim that creative visualization played a role in their success: Oprah, Tiger Woods, Anthony Robbins, Bill Gates, Will Smith and also Jim Carrey, who wrote a check to himself in 1987 for 10 million dollars. He dated it ‘Thanksgiving 1995’ and added the notation, “for acting service rendered.” He visualized it for years and in 1994 he received $10 million for his role in the movie Dumb and Dumber.
What do you think? Is creative visualization something you might try?