Visualization is the ability to form mental images in a structured manner to create an experience in your mind that unites the senses and creates a realistic experience in your mind. If you are an athlete, you should be familiar with this. Many athletes visualize their race, their routine or outcome.
During visualization, we often focus on one point of view – what we see. Kacey Oiness, Ph.D. Sport & Performance Psychologist, St. Vincent Sports Performance Center, Indianapolis, IN contends that it is crucial for athletes to integrate all of our senses when engaged in mental practice to fully create the experience you want to have.
Start small, maybe with a piece of fruit and think about each of your senses as you begin to examine it in your mind. In sports or life is a great exercise for your mind. When you create the scene, your mind begins to put those thoughts into actions and before you know it, little by little, you create the life, the opportunity, skill, race, or experience you have always imagined.