The Latest Science of Vizualisation
Coaches and personal development gurus all recommend visualisation. But is it just wishful thinking or it it grounded in science?
Well, I wanted to find out, so here are the facts:
Research at Harvard University has shown that feeling and seeing a movement internally fires the same brain regions as actually doing it.
Repeating it, over and over, reinforces the wiring. It also builds a sense of expectation in ourselves that we will do the same again next time. Rehearsing moves in the body.mind helps elite athletes perform. Some professional basket players believe that visualizations—whether of the movement itself or seeing the ball pop through the hoop—improve their scoring rate in games. Tiger Woods visualizes his golf ball tinkling into the plastic of the hole before he putts. Repeatedly focusing on positive images spurs how quickly people heal after injury.
Visualizing the future in a positive way can effect your entire life. A study that monitored a group of nuns over many years, from when they donned their habits to when they died, found that those who looked positively on their future before they took their vows ended up living much longer than those who were less optimistic. Only 34 percent of those who looked more negatively at the future lived past 85, while 90 percent of the most positive ones did.
An excerpt from my new book, Switch On: How to unleash you creative spirit with the new science of breakthrough