The benefits of Visualisation can be life changing and in fact, the impact of visualisation can be observed in the lives of people such as celebrities, politicians and leading business tycoons. The people listed below proactively practised visualisation in order to program their mindset, overcome mental blocks and develop the courage required to achieve success.
Professional athletes like Michael Jordan, Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray, Muhammad Ali and Michael Phelps have found visualisation to be extremely helpful in learning about their strengths & weaknesses and their playing styles. They have used guided-imagery to overcome fatigue and negativity. Michael Jordan, in particular, would visualise himself making the cut-offs for the NBA each time he felt too tired to practice. This kept him going until he became one of the most legendary basketball players in the world.
Award-winning actors like Will Smith, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Carey and Denzel Washington weren’t always the greats we know them as today. Each of them faced numerous rejections before they were finally given a chance to act. Jim Carey, in particular, would spend a few minutes each day visualising himself living in a mansion as a successful actor. He didn’t let his rejections affect his belief. Will Smith & Denzel Washington used Visualisation to keep their dreams in mind and always focused on them to help turn them into a reality.
World-renowned business heads like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey are no strangers to success. But they credit their success to the power of positive visualisation. Richard Branson once confessed that he loved visualising about the future and thinking about the positive consequences each of his actions would have. Oprah Winfrey, who was subjected to sexual abuse as a child, found positive visualisation to be the best way to cope with her trauma.
Arnold Schwarzenegger frequently applied visualisation and said:
“When I was very young, I visualised myself being and having what it was I wanted. Mentally I never had any doubts about it. The mind is really so incredible. Before I won my first Mr. Universe, I walked around the tournament like I owned it. The title was already mine. I had won it so many times in my mind that there was no doubt I would win it. Then, when I moved on to the movies, the same thing. I visualised myself being a successful actor and earning big money. I could feel and taste success. I just knew it would all happen.”
Singers such as Jay-Z, Drake and Lady Gaga have been strong supporters of positive visualisation. Jay Z would create short-term and long-term goals and would visualise his success. Drake would surround himself with pictures of beautiful homes, cars and clothes and imagine himself owning them, years before he did. They both credit visualisation as the reason for their motivation, hard work and success. Before Lady Gaga became one of the biggest names in music, she would continuously chant to her herself about how amazing she was. This visualisation (and use of affirmation) of fame, helped her change her mindset and become more confident.