Your subconscious mind controls 95% of everything you do. It can not differentiate between imagination and reality. It can not establish between what is happening inside your mind and the things that are actually happening on the outside (in real life). Most people start their day thinking about the past. Studies have shown that 90% of your thoughts are about your past experiences. From that very moment you start thinking in the past, you will create the same old thoughts, which will create the same old emotions. This will lead to the same old behaviour, actions and choices. When you are stuck in the past it’s impossible to change! 

So how can you accomplish your goals and come closer to where you want to be in life ?

Visualisation can get you closer to where you want to be in life and it can prepare you for success. Instead of thinking about the past think about the future you want. Imagine you have already accomplished your goals and are living the life you want to live. Try to really get into the feeling of how it feels when you finally made it, because your Subconscious Mind responds to your emotions. When you see yourself having already achieved your goals your body will send those emotions out. This will affect the choices you make, the actions you take and change the way you behave. Studies have shown that the main reason for not succeeding is not the lack of intelligence, but our fear of failure and self-doubts. Fear and self-doubts is the product of our past experiences which will be changed by focusing the attention on a positive outcome of the future. It won’t happen over night because your brain is a muscle which needs training. It’s like going to the gym. Do it once and not much will happen. Do it for a month or so and you will feel better, more empowered. Do it for a few months you will see results. Training your thoughts towards the future will put your energy in the state of taking action.

Many new school scientists like New York Times bestselling author, researcher and world-renown lecturer Dr. Joe Dispenza and his friend Gregg Braden, an American author of new age literature revealed that  visualisation doesn’t only work for creating the future you want, but also for mental and physical health conditions. Sport Psychologists work with the technique of visualisation on a daily basis, even Tiger Woods has been using it since his pre-teen years. A study investigating brain patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted weights were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting. For example, in his study on everyday people, Guang Yue an exercise psychologist from Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, compared “people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads”. He found a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym. However, the group of participants who conducted mental rehearsal and imagination of the weight training increased 16% muscle strength. Brain studies show us that thoughts produce exactly the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many important cognitive processes in the brain like motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during imagination. It’s also been found that positive mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow – all of that is more than relevant to achieving your best life! You can be defined by a memory of the past or by a vision of the future. The only thing that connects you to your past is your own thoughts. Through changing your thoughts you change your energy and the outcome of your future. 

If you would like to know more about how to apply visualisation in your personal situation please feel free to contact me any time. I would love to help you to improve your life !

Written by Pia Klaus, MSc.

- Master of Science in Psychology - Specialised in Subconscious Mind and Mindfulness - CEO of Mindful Psychology - Author

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