“Many of my clients have improved their sports performance considerably through guided visualization,” says Cox. “If you can get into a relaxed brainwave state, called an alpha state, and create a vision of what you want to accomplish, you can ‘feel’ what it’s like to have it occur.”
The feeling is often a huge motivational push, she adds, because it takes away some of the emotion around uncertainty or doubt. In other words, in your mind, you’ve already hit your goal. Now you just have to get there in your body.
Here are three steps toward using visualization to help you achieve better outcomes — no matter your goal: