The Versatile Value of Visualization

Upon reading – Seeing the Glory, as Mental Preparation for the Winter Games in the February 23, 2014, New York Times, I let out an internal whoop of joy. The validation of mental rehearsal by Olympian athletes leaves no doubt that visualization and imagery contribute enormously to athletes’ success. And the skill of visualization goes well beyond sports.
Visualization, imagery and vision have been my playground since the early 1970’s, when I began working with athletes and, later, taught clients how to apply their imagination for losing weight, increasing self-confidence, creating leadership vision and healing faster after surgery.
The techniques of applied imagination – using emotionally charged, detail-oriented imagery – have been shown by brain scientists to work for a multitude of disciplines, all of which require causing an idea, suggestion, goal or vision to be become imbedded in your subconscious. That’s now called: making something sticky.
Visualization helps everyone manage negative stress and enhances creativity. It supports success with surgeons, engineers, design and artistry professionals, racecar drivers, even Hollywood stunt people. Salespeople rehearse selling to gain self-confidence and film directors visualize each shot in advance of shooting. This is just the short list.
As a speaker, trainer and performance coach, this is fabulous news to me, because imagery, vision and the imagination play a starring role in my new talk for business executives – IMAGINE THAT! Firing up your brain for Extreme Success – and for our recently launched programs for the healthcare industry. https://www.jamesmapes.com/speaking/speaking-programs

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