The Power of Positive Visualization

Written by Dr. Eric Perry
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“Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere.” ~Albert Einstein

In my professional life, I recommend to my patients that they practice a bit of time travel. I ask them to imagine traveling into the future and to make positive visualizations about the time to come. They can imagine whatever they wish, but it must be positive. By focusing our minds on positivity, we can learn to quiet the internal negative voice as we start projecting positive growth in our lives. Positive visualization allows us to quiet our minds and to bring order to our thoughts. It allows us to harness the power of our imagination. I believe our imagination is a powerful tool that is underutilized. The world’s greatest achievements only exist because someone imagined them. Airplanes only exist because humans dared to imagine flight.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” ~Albert Einstein

By practicing daily positive visualizations, we can begin to clear any blockage caused by our negative core beliefs. Many of these dark thoughts are caused by past trauma, which invades our present lives causing us chaos and pain. Anchored to past trauma, we are unable to move forward. We habitually return to moments in our lives when extreme emotions such as pain and fear create a cognitive stumble that acts as a roadblock to future happiness. By letting go of the past, we can set the stage for a more positive future path and set the course for a healthier and more successful life.

By engaging in positive visualization, we allow ourselves to have mental rehearsals to our desired future. This creates mental pathways and patterns necessary for the events to happen. The future world we create in our imagination becomes so alluring that we will take action to make it happen. We will begin to take the necessary steps to create and affirm our future world. We are training our mind to believe that what we want to be true is already true.

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein

Here are some of the amazing benefits of visualization:

1. Performance
Visualization is frequently used by elite athletes to improve their performance in training and competition. For example, an athlete will visualize themselves making the free throw to win the game. Another may focus on beating their marathon time. By rehearsing the outcome, they begin to believe in the visualized future. Research shows that mental practice is almost as effective as physical practice and that doing both is more effective than doing only one. In one study, some participants went to the gym and lifted weights and other participants did both. The participants that did both had more muscle mass than the other group. Further, the participants who only visualized had an increase in muscle mass.

2. Increased relaxation
Visualizing a positive experience allows us to block out the excessive external stimulation and helps us focus on the pleasant experience. Our body will respond by lowering our heart rate and we will experience relaxation as if we are actually encountering the experience.

2. Increased joy
Daily visualization is an instant mood booster. The only limitation to the joy you can experience is your imagination. Visualize yourself surrounded by something pleasurable that leaves you grinning from ear to ear. Puppies? Kittens? How about both! I guarantee you will open your eyes and be in a better mood.

3. Better health
Visualization will help reduce stress, relax your mind and increase the “happy” in your life. This will help lower your blood pressure, increase your white blood cells and keep you healthy.

4. Improved focus
With visualization, you are training your mind to focus in extreme detail. By practicing visualization repeatedly, your mind will be less restless and you will be able to focus more easily.

5. Greater goal achievement
When you visualize yourself accomplishing your goals, you are more likely to attempt the necessary steps in order to make them a reality.

Here are some steps to visualize a happier, healthier and more successful future. Make sure to engage all of your senses:

a) Visual
Create a vision board and externalize your thoughts by using imagery. Use photographs, magazine cutouts or images of people succeeding in areas related to your goal. Acknowledge every milestone towards your goal. Visualize yourself achieving what you desire.

b) Auditory
Write down your visualizations using as much detail as possible and read them back to yourself. We can also use the sounds of nature to visualize ourselves in a tranquil place away from traffic and other stressors. We can listen to the birds chirping and the wind moving through the trees. If we are preparing for a competition, we can imagine the applause or roar of the crowd as we take our victory lap.

c) Kinesthetic
Pay attention to how your body feels. Imagine yourself in the desired outcome and role play. If you are trying to get a promotion, play the role with a friend or your partner. Play out the act of accepting the promotion and say your acceptance speech. Have fun and use props! Perhaps, write yourself a check as your signing bonus.

d) Olfactory
Certain scents evoke pleasant feelings while others might repulse us. What smell makes you think of home or of love? Use your nose to set the mood. Light a scented candle that reminds you of a pleasant time or surround yourself with vases of freshly cut flowers.

e) Gustatory
When possible, use your sense of taste. If there is somewhere you wish to visit, include visualizing and tasting the food. While in Paris I had the pleasure of eating a freshly baked lemon tart. Even now, I can close my eyes and imagine myself biting into it. My mouth will respond by salivating as if I am tasting the sourness of the lemon. Yum!

This post is dedicated to Albert Einstein. He was a man who dared to daydream his way to a Nobel prize in Physics. Harness the power of your thoughts and join me in visualizing a happier, healthier and more successful life.

The thoughts expressed in this blog post are my own and are not meant to create a professional relationship with the reader. This blog does not replace or substitute the help of a medical professional. Please note, I am unable to answer your specific questions as I am not fully aware of all of the circumstances.

Dr. Perry

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110 responses to The Power of Positive Visualization

  1. sosparkly says:

    Hi Dr. Perry, wonderful article. You are so right, if we can learn to quiet our internal negative voice we can bring order to our thoughts. We often believe we are ‘managed’ by our minds, but we really have so much control over them, if we will just do the work. Positive visualization is a great way to start, and continue this process…

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  2. Professor K says:

    I knew that positive imagery is important but didn’t realize all of the benefits of it! I also love the use of a vision board too…I’m going to try that out! 🙂

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  3. Jestoni Sacay says:

    I knew this would be helpful. I like it so much. Thank you for sharing this kind of insights, I like this Dr. Perry.

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  4. momkind33 says:

    Thank you for sharing these tips and reminding me to think outside the box. I have always replayed how I want things to go in mind. Honestly it works so I will be giving this a try.

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  5. Soul of the unspoken words says:

    This has to be the best post I have read in many days.. It was educational as well as motivational.. Thank you for this, Sir..
    Really a big thumbs up!! 👍

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  6. Dr. Perry, I enjoyed reading this article so much and have definitely witnessed the power of visualization. We must put great emphases on imagining where we want to be in our future and block negativity totally from our lives to move forward. I tried it and accomplished my goals over and over again. Your article is so well written and I want other people to read this post so I will be Reblogging.

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  7. Step Forward says:

    Thanks so much for writing this. It is so easy to get caught in the negatives that any positive voice like this helps. You’ve already made my day a good day. Thank you!

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  8. rustysiren says:

    Another great post! Positive visualisation has got me through some bad times and is probably my favourite self help technique. Also love the dedication to Einstein.

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  9. Tatjana Ostojic says:

    This is a wonderful reminder. I visualize daily, it is a sort of conscious meditation if I might use the term as such. It really relaxes me and pushes me forward. Since ancient times philosophers claimed that our own thoughts will determine the outcome of everything in our lives. So, I guess event+ our reaction to it = outcome (life in general).

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  10. Tanya Welch says:

    I really liked your article. I use these techniques myself. They definitely work and keep an individual focused very well.
    Look forward to reading more.

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  11. livinglifeunveiled says:

    I love this ❤ I just started a morning ritual of contemplative prayer and positive affirmations. I will definitely add visualization to the morning routine.

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  12. Dr Perry I have to say my CBT advisor has been trying to get me to do some of these techniques and I have struggled to understand how it works.
    Thank you so much for this blog, it has broken down each step into a way my mind can and has absorbed the information.
    Im about to start the read ‘the secret’ ive been made to think that this book is on the similar lines to your teaching.
    Ive recently wrote a blog regarding the circle challenge, I would love it if you could pop over the my page and read it. Ive also got a journal with all my goals and dreams in and where I want to be in 5 years time.
    Im a natural explorer and struggle with structured hierarchy jobs.

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  13. I started using visualization as I became aware of my psychic abilities and being an empath. It was the only way to tame my “monkey brain.” This process was a little difficult at first, but the more I practiced with my visualization the more it helped me in so many ways! I too believe in positive vibrational energy to use as a tool to bring about change in our lives! I truly enjoy your articles! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. I definitely agree, and I love the way you wrote this. I use visualisation myself before competitions, and I find that the more detail I break down my race into, the more effective it is, rather than just focusing on an end goal. It definitely prepares your mind, so I’m really glad you’ve spread the word!

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  15. I really liked this article, sounds like a good song or an excellent poem to me. I use these techniques myself. They definitely work for me and my friends say they work for them too.They keep me focused and motivated to be be both : successful and in empowering service for others. Thank you for spreading the word and being such a good example, there never can be “enough people” spreading this kind of empowering motivation 🙂

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  16. R. Jane Bowen says:

    I have always liked that quote “Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere.” ~Albert Einstein

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  17. pstippich says:

    Positivity is huge and for some reason the obviousness of imagination and its correlation eluded me. I’m a big fan of positivity and story and it makes sense as they are both clearly so intertwined.

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  18. jordanpike13 says:

    Reblogged this on Whiskers and Weights and commented:
    Absolutely love this blog post written by Dr. Perry. Reading this post about positive visualization is an amazing way to start my week. I will be focusing the rest of this week on mental wellness and self help!

    Enjoy the rest of your Monday!


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  19. I LOVE to visualize! ❤ It is SO MUCH FUN! ❤ I take 5 to 10 minutes each day and lay back, close my eyes, or leave them open, and visualize my new reality. When I do this each day it speeds up my manifestations! ❤ Great article! Manifesting is so much fun! ❤ I manifested 99% of my desires in 10 months through various forms of visualizations! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  20. ..and you are one handsome doc😉 with a beautiful mind and absolutely beautifully adorable sweetheart ( fiancee) . Love you guys both.
    You are doing a great job. Glad to come across your blog. I’m hoping and I would share too that your write ups reach masses. Specially in India where psychological aspects are ignored and denied to large extent. Educating oneself on psychological problems is need of the hour.
    Thank you so much again for all the awareness and keep rocking
    Lots of love and hugs

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  21. I have done it on death, a bit challenging. But It also gave me a positive experience afterward. I was triggered by a friend who was suffering from brain tumor. Because death will surely come to everyone. Then I visualized how I am facing my death when it comes. How I will feel. How I will deal with it. How I have to let go my material possession and achievement. Then I wrote it. A few days after that, I was in conversation with a friend. I can’t remember what we’re discussing but he said ‘are you ready to die?’ I said ‘yes!’. The feeling of acceptance and readiness came from the visualization.

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  22. Absolutely love this piece, Dr. Perry! Couldn’t agree more with this! Specially the part where you said, “We are training our mind to believe that what we want to be true is already true.”
    This is pretty much one of the best ways to prepare ourselves for the future and also making us responsible for our own actions in a way.

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  23. All you say about the power of visualisation is true, and more. A few people are literally unable to see mental pictures, through a quirk of the brain (prosopagnosia). But we survive with other tricks 🙂

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  24. beyondimagination25 says:

    highly motivating and very factual….positive boost up to look at life in very inpirational way.

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  25. I so love this! Thanks for the reminder. I read a book from my spiritual mentor J-R and a big key was creating positive images in our minds that we want more of.

    I’m interested in creating more speaking and workshop engagements on forgiveness, and your blog just touched and inspired me. 🙂

    Hope you are having a beautiful, blessed, and peaceful day, Eric. Thanks and gratitude,

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  26. This is awesome. It is amazing what the human imagination can help us achieve. Visualization is definitely a practice that has helped me attain goals I once did not believe I could reach. Thanks for your shared wisdom here.

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    • Dr. Perry says:

      My pleasure. I practice positive visualization to keep me on my chosen path and find that also helps me unwind after a long day. Have a wonderful 4th of July✨

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  27. Goff James says:

    Thanks for another interesting and inspirational article. The value of imagination as healer, creator and liberator is totally underestimated. Have a great day.

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  28. Hi Dr. Perry. I really like the idea about thinking of a better version of ourselves in the future. Imagining ourselves in a better situation is motivating. But with all this focus on the future, what about the present? If we don’t like where we currently are, how do we push ourselves to work towards what we ideally want to see in our future?

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    • Dr. Perry says:

      Hi Jordan, thank you for your comment. To answer your question, I believe it comes down to two factors – drive and direction. We need both. It takes a ton of courage to seek guidance from someone outside of our circle because to some degree it means admitting that what we are doing isn’t working. Hope that helps✨

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  29. geno42ms says:

    Lemon tarts sound awesome!
    In the process of an in-depth writing project that demands positive thinking. Also, at a point in life where a lot of reflection on past trauma is surfacing. Tempted to meld the two, but I am not sure this is a good idea. I think my past experience (being in close proximity to a mass shooting) may be helpful to others. Is there a time that re-living or sharing those past items can also be “therapeutic” ?
    thanks for sharing this cool information. I will be sure to involve other stimuli that I often neglect, in order to enhance my imagination and improve the content of my work. Thanks again.

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  30. Geary Erua says:

    I needed this! I appreciate it, Dr. Perry!
    Unfortunately, I’ve had very bad thoughts enter my mind, and I’m trying to get them out, and with this, it will help a lot.

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  31. I’ve been aware of this idea for a while, having been through hypnotherapy (to great success) but it’s easy to forget how helpful imagination is. This article is both concise and joyful – very encouraging and with some great actionable tips. Thank you!

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  32. Vivian says:

    My mouth watered as I read about the lemon tart!!😀🍋 This is excellent Dr. Perry, and I’m taking note of all you wrote and going to apply. Thank you SO much.

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  33. Whoo hoo! You not only spoke of how I live my life each day, but you also used Uncle Albert! ❤ LOVE this post! ❤ I do my mindset journaling every single day, I go on a "date" with my manifestations I am calling into my physical realm (using the smells of the candles, closing my eyes and visualizing, writing it all down in detail, and drinking my favorite beverage while doing all of this on my "date"). ❤ I put my hair the way I like it, put on some make-up, and dress comfortably and cute beforehand so I become my version 2.0 self practicing that it IS ALREADY in existence. ❤ Great blog article and I completely concur! ❤ I manifested so much so quickly doing these kinds of things each day- especially writing it all down and writing with conviction.

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  34. This is so awesome and I can attest to the benefits of positive thinking/visualization. I have found that in times of great stress I can relapse into the negative spiral that I lived for too many years, partly due to trauma. Fortunately, I have learned to pull myself out of it via meditation and visualization exercises. “As within, so without.” Or, in other words, what you think about you bring about.

    I am at my best when I am in a positive frame of mind, and when I am there really great stuff happens. Conversely a negative frame of mind usually means I have mishaps like burning my hand while removing something from the oven. Plus, negative thoughts leave me feeling exhausted and unable to deal efficiently with the daily grind.

    June McIntyre has wonderful relaxation CDs, which I recommend. And there are several free relaxation meditations on YouTube – isn’t it great to live in this technological world? LOL

    Thanks again for sharing your wonderful insights and wisdom.

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  35. I think I might get back into this. I used to experiment with Visualization before and it has given me lots of good results.

    I don’t know why I stopped doing it, but I am glad to be reminded of this.

    Also thank you for writing a very clear and concise article on the subject. I can see many people benefiting from this.

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  36. coloursofthesoul says:

    Visualizing positive things, I believe, sends out those good vibes into the universe, which comes back to us like an echo and becomes our reality. Excellent post… truer words were never written!

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  37. slimpundit says:

    Dr. Perry, thank you for this post. I’ve been waking up every morning with mild ulcers from stress and anxiety. I am a true believer in the power of visualization to achieve an outcome or better outcome but just don’t have much practice. So, thanks for the reminder and the break-down of how to do it along with the benefits that come from it.

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  38. lightoflife says:

    Thanks Dr Perry for introducing this to me. Sometimes we know what has to be done but we forget to do it at that particular instance and thereby are lost. We need to connect with the chain of Positivity and am grateful your reminded me the way to do it for me. Have a great day!

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  39. john8and12 says:

    Thank you for this. Glad I found this today. I have been trying this for a while, and it works. This will help me to improve on what I am doing.

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  40. SimonsSaysTravel says:

    During this pandemic it’s hard to focus and visualize anything Thanks for writing something to remind me to look at the bright side, especially right now.

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