Don't overlook the positive impact of your ability to visualize your success... upon your actual levels of success.
In a study conducted at the
University of Chicago on visualization, they had a group of participants all
throw basketball free throws, measuring their accuracy. They then divided them
into 3 groups.
The first group didn't practice at all, the 2nd group practiced
shooting free throws for 1 hour a day for 30 days, while the 3rd group simply
spent 1 hour a day (for 30 days) visualizing shooting free throws. They then
retested their free throwing accuracy.
The 1st group showed no improvement in
their ability, the 2nd group improved their ability by 24% and the 3rd group -
those that only visualized shooting free throws increased their accuracy by
23%. This is the key reason why professional athletes spend just as much time
visualizing their success as they do physically practicing for it. Bear it in
mind the next time you are looking to strengthen your skill in any area. How
you visualize it will very much influence the outcome you achieve.