It’s been said that visualisation is like daydreaming on purpose. When you daydream, your mind “visualises” things almost without any effort on your part. That means you already have the ability to visualise. But daydreaming is random by its very nature. It happens unexpectedly and there’s no specific purpose behind it. Images come and go as they please, often without any logical connection. Visualisation, however, is not random. It’s not unexpected. It needs to be undertaken with a definite purpose or goal in mind before you begin. Images will still come and go, but now you’re focusing on those images, on their relationship to each other, and on their significance to your original goal or purpose. In my last article the Power of Beliefs, I wrote the brain is the most complex structure in the known universe and the most powerful super computer in the world, so our brain is the most powerful tool for change. And whether you think about doing something, or you actually do it, the same neural pathways are created the reason this phenomenon exist is that the brain cannot distinguish between a real experience or one you imagined. The same thought patterns develop, with real vision it’s possible to realize your dreams – no matter how big or far away they might seem. Whatever you want to achieve, you already have the power. If you can imagine yourself doing something, there’s no reason why you can’t actually do it. And that brings us to another astonishing fact about your brain, which is:

 Your brain is already primed to help you succeed.

You may have experienced this yourself at one time or another. It happens when you’re busy doing something, trying hard to find a solution to a problem, and getting nowhere. You’re stuck and can’t find a way forward. You know there’s a simple solution, but for some reason you can’t quite put your finger on it. Eventually you stop working, take a break, relax and start doing something completely different. Then, when you’re not thinking about the problem, the solution just pops into your head. The same thing happens when you’re learning a new skill. Perhaps you’re struggling with a difficult sports technique, or a second language, or trying to prepare a proposal for an important project. You work and work away at it, seeming to get nowhere. So, you stop, focus on something else, and forget about it for a while. And then, when you’re busy with something else and no longer thinking about it, the information you need to move forward seems to appear out of nowhere. Those of us who pre covid 19 did a lot of motorway driving often got good ideas, flashes of inspiration seemingly out of nowhere, this can also occur in the shower or even while shaving or brushing your hair. In his book The New Psycho-Cybernetics (updated by Dan Kennedy), author Maxwell Maltz explains the phenomenon like this: “… when the stress of trying to force the answer… is turned off, the servo-mechanism is liberated to function as an Automatic Success Mechanism…”

Once again, we’re back to the power of the human brain and more specifically the unconscious mind. It’s at the core of the process and the real engine behind this mechanism. While you’re busy working away, looking for a solution, neurons are making connections. They’re actively acquiring new data, linking together to assimilate all the information. And even when you consciously stop focusing on the problem at hand, your brain keeps right on going, working in the background to fill in the gaps and come up with an answer. What’s great about this mechanism is that we all have it. It isn’t reserved for scientists, artists, inventors or authors. Some people might make more frequent use of it than others, but we all have the capacity to benefit from it. There are lots of different names for what’s going on here, such as inspiration, ingenuity, revelation, spark, illumination, vision, insight, and flash of genius. Whatever you call them, they all have one thing in common: they give you the power to turn the things you imagine into reality.