The power of visualization.
Are you able to really see yourself doing something amongst the process. I mean really going through the motions, steps, thoughts and able to physically feel yourself doing them before you do so and
Through visualization you gain control over the situation. You also build self-confidence and self-esteem, and have a sense of direction.
Someone who is struggling in an area of their life may be able to have an idea of what they will be like in the end, but probably has trouble visualizing certain actions and processes along the way.
In the sport of gymnastics, we were taught about visualization to use it to visualize ourselves going through our routines or skills prior to actually doing them. The more intune you could get with your body as you visualized and imagined feeling yourself doing the skill down to the details (such as muscles squeezed), the more focused and successful your chances would be.
In fact, I recall a teammate of mine closing her eyes to visualize her routine. She kept her eyes closed exceptionally longer than the rest of the entire group and longer that time would permit. When my coach asked her what took her so long she replied, “I kept falling off the beam, so I would repeat the skill, and I just couldn’t get myself to say on the beam.” Not surprisingly this same girl was struggling in real life on that skill. Needless to say, if we could get in our heads we could benefit and carry out our actions.
This is very applicable to body or physique change. From exercises to diet to creating a meal, and going through the steps you will take when going out picking your food, where your hands will be, etc.
Even visualizing how your day will play out in your head.
Next, time you have a chance, have a new, stressful, or overwhelming situation you’re a bit nervous about or can potentially mess up in and later regret (i.e.: going out to a tempting restaurant), take some time prior to visualize exactly what you will do throughout the entire task.