The Mental Shift That Changes Everything

The key to breakthrough success is not what you think.

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My wife said something today that made me think:

“I’m just planning dinner in my head.”

It was her response when I asked if she was getting up from a nap.

It made me think…

When we love something and know it well, we are able to plan it out in our heads.

The Benefits of Visualization

Visualization is a catalyst for insight and success.

Research has shown that visualizing actions and achievements improves our performance and results.

It calls on the same brain areas that our eyes use for sight!

Doing practice in our minds can bring immense benefits:

  • Reducing anxiety

  • Increasing optimism

  • Boosting confidence

  • Improving memory

  • Clarifying problems

  • Anticipating roadblocks

  • Achieving goals

Our brains are frickin’ amazing 🧠

Who Does Visualization Anyway?

So many of us do…

  • A writer edits sentences in their head before writing → to clarify their thoughts and spend less time editing later.

  • A teacher mentally outlines a lesson plan before typing it → to improve the learning experience and the flow of instruction.

  • An architect builds a structure in their head before drafting it → to anticipate potential issues and brainstorm solutions.

  • A parent thinks about what to say before speaking to their child → to choose the best wording and know what not to say.

  • Many of us think about the best route to take when going on a road trip → to hit the attractions we like and avoid the roads we don’t.

Visualization Helps My Creative Process

I’m not great at visualization, and I’m now working to get better at it.

One thing I do a lot is design in my head.

Imagining the different ways I could arrange a layout or the different forms a logo could take.

I can see what might work well before starting to sketch or opening up Illustrator — it adds clarity to my creative process and improves the quality of my output.

More recently, I’ve also been visualizing processes when creating things like checklists and SOPs.

It’s a game changer.

How to Practice with Your Mind

I found a couple good articles that may help in getting started with visualization:

The Benefits of Creative Visualization – How visualization can reprogram our experiences and how to use it for personal goals.

👉 Read it here (3 minutes)

Main Takeaways:

  • Visualization can influence reality by changing beliefs.

  • The subconscious processes in the present and doesn't differentiate between reality and imagination.

  • Steps for using creative visualization involve clear, present-tense mental images that engage all senses.

  • This technique aims to reprogram the mind to change life outcomes.

Top 7 Tips: Beginners Visualization Techniques – Practical tips for beginners to enhance personal development and achieve goals.

👉 Read it here (5 minutes)

Main Takeaways:

  • Avoid overthinking to maintain focus.

  • Utilize all senses for a vivid visualization experience.

  • Don't judge yourself; allow the process to be natural.

  • Stay relaxed to enhance the visualization process.

  • Practice regularly to improve effectiveness.

  • Connect emotionally to the visualized outcomes.

  • Visualize with confidence to strengthen the impact.

Have you tried any visualization?

Has it helped you?

Leave a comment and let me know.

(Now I get to imagine what delicious dinner my wife might be making 😋)

🤖 Robert

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