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I’ve written before about how every professional athlete visualizes success over and over.

A recent article showed how surgeon trainees who mentally practised prior to complex simulated surgery, and those who didn’t, showed a striking difference: see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/surgeons-study-benefits-of-visualizing-procedures/article22681531/.

And Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself, talks about how visualizing can help heal: see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/learning-to-tame-a-noisy-brain-or-how-you-can-use-the-power-of-neuroplasticity/article22608412/.

Jan Sandin, of Redwood City, California, shares her story on overcoming chronic pain

“Working as a registered nurse after raising three children fulfilled me. But in just a few seconds, everything changed. Manoeuvring a heavy patient to bed, I herniated my lumbar discs. Surgery was not an option. Sitting, standing, walking, lying down was a nightmare of constant, chronic pain. I tried every remedy including injections, physical therapy and continuous morphine. I became a recluse. I saw no hope and no longer wanted to live.

My pain-management physician told me about a new approach involving visualization to rewire the brain. For the next month I visualized for 10-12 hours a day. Gradually, I improved and at the end of the month the pain was gone. I was ecstatic! Over the next two years, I went off all medication. My brain fog disappeared. I caught up on 10 years of missed reading. The spinal damage is still there, but not the pain. The miracle of neuroplasticity has given me back a life worth living and I enjoy every moment.”

I can relate to this because while it took me 20 years to get to Jan’s level of pain, I too experienced similar continuous excruciating pain, for months on end, and just wanted to end my life. But, this was some 12 years ago, long before it became common knowledge that visualization can be so powerful.

How can you use the power of visualization?

I would encourage you to visualize, at the end of each day, what a great tomorrow would look like. Then let that day roll out – and in most cases, you will see it unfold like your visualization. Imagine if this happened day after day. Wouldn’t that be powerful?

Now, hold any skepticism that might be creeping up. Go back to the two links above. Who would have thought . . . ?

Three powerful reasons why visualizing a great day results in a great day
 
First, when we sleep, our subconscious mind, which is even more powerful than the conscious mind, kicks into gear. So each morning, solutions to challenges, big and small, usually present themselves, because the mind has been working on these when we sleep.
 
Second, in thinking ahead, we invariably do the preparation necessary to achieve a great outcome. After all, we know that, in most cases, going into a situation well prepared is likely to yield far better outcomes. If you think about the next day being terrific, your mind will automatically focus on those things that you can do to improve the outcome.
 
Third, in envisioning a fantastic tomorrow, we learn to stop worrying about things, because we know they will happen as intended. If they don’t, then there is some learning to be gained, and likely, an even bigger opportunity comes along (it invariably does).
 
So, start visualizing today, and then tomorrow . . . and the next day . . . and the next day. Do it for three weeks – then I invite you to share how your life has changed.