Why Visualization Techniques Are Important
Almost all of us practice visualization techniques at on time or another, whether we realize it or not. The very term visualization techniques sounds like something only very special and talented people would engage in for whatever the reason. But we all do it.
From Triangle To Dodecahedron - Visualization techniques are simply mind games. They can be exercises, such as imagining a geometric shape, and observing it in our mind as it moves, rotates, changes color or changes shape. Slightly more difficult would be imagining numbers on a blackboard, a blackboard in a grade school room, where you imagine holding a piece of chalk in your hand and doing mathematical exercises (addition is easiest). With practice, the blackboard problems you solve will become more and more advanced, and the geometric figures you manipulate will become more and more complex.
Athletes rely heavily on visualization techniques at times to improve their performance or prepare for competition. They visualize themselves winning a foot race, catching a pass, or watching, first in slow motion, then faster and faster, a baseball heading towards home plate, and visualize almost to the point of feeling it, hitting the ball cleanly with the bat.
Give A Perfect Speech – In Your Mind First - We sometimes practice delivering a speech or a lecture by walking around, or standing on a stump, and giving the speech to an imaginary audience. That's not really visualization, though visualization plays a role. Visualization is imaging you are giving the speech, imagining you are in front the audience, actually picturing the audience in your mind, and not yourself. In this sense visualization is practice. You are not just giving a speech or lecture in your mind, you are giving a very excellent speech or lecture. You can picture yourself giving the speech, but it’s more effective to visualize the audience and not yourself while giving the speech, a subtle but important difference. Don't observe yourself doing it, feel yourself doing it.
Engineers, Composers, And Horsemen - First year engineering students are often given the task of visualizing an object as it is rotated, and drawing the object in its new position. Composers may visualize the music they are creating, not just by hearing the melody in their head, but in some cases by visualizing where the notes fall on the sheet music.
A simple example of the power of visualizing techniques would be getting up on a horse for the first time. There is a right way to get in the saddle, more than one actually, and a host of wrong ways. If you were to watch a video showing the right way to do it, and then over and over again imagining yourself placing your boot in the stirrup, and swinging correctly into the saddle, the first time you actually try it should go well, or very close to it. If you imagine yourself having all sorts of problems, or imagine you perhaps can't do it right, the first attempt will not go well. It helps of course if the horse watched the video as well, and cooperates.
The Master Of All You Imagine - In most everything you do, it you practice doing it the right way, or a better way, in your mind, and go though a series of visualization techniques often, you'll find your self doing things better and gaining self confidence along the way. If nothing else, visualization techniques are great mental exercises, which are good for you, and can be fun as well, as things are often just a bit more fun when you are the master. As far as visualization techniques are concerned, you are indeed the master, and you are in control.
Self help books often touch upon visualization techniques, which is not surprising given the fact that these techniques can be very powerful. Entire books are devoted to the subject, but before purchasing a book, look for a few tips, or start with a simple geometric object in you mind, and play with it. At the end of the road you might even be able to write a symphony, or at least do well while on horseback.