Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.
— Rumi


Studies have revealed that mentally rehearsing and imagining an action and actually performing the physical action have virtually the same impact on our brain. Neurons in our brains interpret imagery as equivalent to a real-life action. In other words, the brain experiences the same activity when it visualizes doing an action as it does when it is physically doing the action. 

Visualization under deep relaxation is a powerful way to retrain our subconscious mind to experience something that hasn’t happened yet. When we vividly imagine a future situation, our brain will record it as a real memory as if we have already experienced it.

Visualization is a well-developed method that is supported by substantial scientific evidence for performance improvement. It is used by many Olympic athletes and people across a range of fields to enhance self-efficacy and increase confidence. Researches have shown that when we visualize improving health, the body moves towards health. Visualization helps improve our focus, break through self-imposed limitations, experience what it’s like to overcome our obstacles and move us towards our goals.

Another reason why visualization can help us achieve our goals relates to the Reticular Activating System (RAS). The RAS is a bundle of neurons found in our brainstem that sorts through massive amounts of information we receive to help us decide what important information gets through and what gets filtered out. Some people think that the key to success lies in the RAS. 

The RAS brings relevant information to our attention. It takes what we focus on and creates a filter for it. Our beliefs sets the parameters for this filter. The RAS will do what we incline it to do. Every time we visualize a desired outcome, we are telling our RAS where our focus is at and what is essential in our life. By visualizing our desired outcome enough times, we are training and programing our RAS to reveal information and opportunities that help us achieve our goals. If you believe you are bad at learning new subjects, you probably will be. If you believe learning is easy, you most likely do. Whatever you believe, becomes.

Our emotions and behaviors are influenced by the image we hold of ourselves and this image affects how we approach our life. In order to achieve, we have to direct our mind to believe that we can achieve. By visualizing and experiencing the desired achievement in our mind, we are priming our brain for success.