“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” – Gandhi
It transpires that Ghandi had it right; what we focus our attention on is directly correlated to the quality of our life.
WHAT IS THIS CREATIVE VISUALISATION:
Creative visualisation is simply the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life.
When you creatively visualise, you use your imagination to create an idea, thought or feeling of something you’d like to manifest in your life. Then, over time, you return to that idea, thought or feeling regularly until it becomes a reality.
It can be used as a form of mindfulness and as a tool to manage stress.
In the International Coaching Academy’s neuroscience and visualisation research paper, it is stated that “if you exercise an idea over and over [in your mind], your brain will begin to respond as though the idea was a real object in the world.”
This is because, “The thalamus [the part of the reality-making process of the brain] makes no distinction between inner and outer realities, and thus, any idea, if contemplated long enough, will take on a semblance of reality… The concept begins to feel more attainable and real, and this is the first step in motivating other parts of the brain to take deliberate action in the world.”
According to this article on visualisation in Psychology Today, “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.”
During visualisation, the brain is training for actual real-life experience.
IN A NUTSHELL, YOUR BRAIN DOESN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IMAGINING AN IDEA, THOUGHT OR FEELING AND ACTUALLY HAVING THAT IDEA, THOUGHT OR FEELING.
Studies show that creative visualisation can enhance your motivation, increase your confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, increase states of flow and help to lower stress – all relevant to improving your health!