Visualization is BullshitFeb 13, 2020
Ok let’s set this straight.
I speak A LOT about the power of thought and envisioning your desired reality.
But this can be taken too far, if not practiced correctly.
Think, day dream, brainstorm about all the amazing things you’re capable of.
Envision yourself landing that promotion, winning that show, doubling your business revenue, navigating parties without food anxiety.
In doing so, you might lower blood pressure and feelings of worry (Kappes & Oettingen, 2011)
That sounds nice, relaxing, right?
But in pursuit of your goals, it’s not optimal.
Positive visualization alone can actually put your body in a lower energy state, essentially “tricking” yourself into thinking you’ve already achieved your goal.
AKA — You’re done. You can relax.
But that’s not exactly helpful when we still need to freaking do it.
We need ENERGY not RELAXATION.
Energy underlies the investment of effort (Brehm & Self, 1989).
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞:
Imagining a perfect outcome isn’t realistic.
It feels nice, but it likely won’t help you.
In fact, it might even decrease your chances of success.
Instead of just visualizing success, use it as a jumping off point to reverse engineer your desired reality and be CRITICAL when you do.