“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head.” – Jack Nicklaus

The crowd goes quiet. Golfer Ernie Els stands over the ball. He tunes out all other distractions and focuses only on the task at hand. Ernie knows the precise distance to the pin, the force and direction of the wind and the exact position on the green where he plans to pitch the ball. Ernie effortlessly makes his practice swing, then with the identical rhythm, repeats and completes his shot. The ball lands exactly where he planned and ends up five feet from the flag.

By now, you must be thinking I’ve gone mad with delusions of becoming a golf writer.

Does visualisation work? I have made this golfing analogy to describe the immense power of visualisation and how it can give you the focus, confidence, and belief to achieve anything. During his pre-shot routine, Ernie visualises precisely how he would successfully execute the shot and, nine times out of ten, this is what materialises.

Developing the ability to visualise your goals and objectives in your mind’s eye is a potent tool in your efforts to attain optimum career and personal success.

The effective use of visualisation activates your focus and enhances your performance. It is an exercise that helps you to create the future in advance.

You mentally create a goal that you desire to happen in reality, and you use the power of your imagination to help you achieve the situation or results you want.

Six steps to make visualisation work for you:

  1. Define your goals with total clarity

The first step in active goal setting is clarity. Be clear about what you want and why you want it. This clarity gives you the power to be able to visualise your goal more effectively.

  1. Write it down in great detail

Be clear about your purpose. List every aspect of your goal that you can imagine. Use the exact words that describe what you desire.

  1. Believe

The Law of Belief states that whatever you consistently believe in with emotion becomes your reality. Convert your beliefs into feelings of absolute certainty.

  1. Regularly visualise your desired result

Visualise your goals as reality. Repeatedly play the movie of you achieving your goal on the screen of your mind. This will develop a firm conviction in your subconscious mind that your goals are attainable, and it is only a matter of time before you achieve them. These positive thoughts and images that you hold in your mind are powerful. Make an effort to increase the frequency and length of time that you spend keeping these great pictures in your mind. 

  1. Visualise each step to successfully achieving your goal

Begin your visualisation by imagining the final result you wish to make. Work backwards from this goal and mentally create the sequence of steps needed to achieve your outcome. Visualise yourself taking each of these steps to ultimate success.

  1. Ensure your thoughts are always positive

All of our behaviour results from the thoughts that precede it. Be careful not to visualise negative or disempowering thoughts. We waste valuable time worrying about negative things that never happen. Remember that negative mental pictures that are fed to your subconscious mind will attract adverse outcomes.

Focus on the positive aspects of your goals. Positive thinking will always make you do everything better than negative thinking will.

Precise and positive visualisation are powerful tools used to successfully create the quality of life and career you desire. Use this power from today, and you will be amazed at what happens.

“You can bring into your life more power, more wealth, more health,  more happiness, and more joy by learning to contact and release the hidden power of your subconscious mind.” – Dr Joseph Murphy