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Seeing IS Believing

THE POWER OF VISUALISATION


You can achieve a huge amount just by changing the way you think and using the power of visualisation. For example, can improve your golf swing, work out your muscles, prepare to achieve a particular goal or improve practically any skill.


This article that appeared in Psychology Today, describes what can be achieved by these powerful visualisation techniques.


“Mental practice can get you closer to where you want to be in life, and it can prepare you for success! For instance, Natan Sharansky, a computer specialist who spent 9 years in prison in the USSR after being accused of spying for US has a lot of experience with mental practices. While in solitary confinement, he played himself in mental chess, saying: “I might as well use the opportunity to become the world champion!” Remarkably, in 1996, Sharansky beat world champion chess player Garry Kasparov!


A study looking at brain  patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting.  In some cases, research has revealed that mental practices are almost effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone. For instance, 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 that a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym. However, the group of participants who conducted mental exercises of the weight training increased muscle strength by almost half as much (13.5%). This average remained for 3 months following the mental training.”


Hypnotherapy is a fantastic way to focus on what you want to achieve and increase the power of visualisation. The subconscious is heightened in hypnosis and is in a state of increased alertness.  This multiplies the power of the deeper parts of your mind, helping you take some powerful steps towards your goals, whatever they may be.

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