An aim, purpose or something that you want to achieveCambridge Dictionary
We all have goals, whether they be personal or professional, goals help us to motivate ourselves and are a great way of measuring progress and success.
“But what does brain training have anything to do with achieving goals?” I hear you ask, well you’re about to find out.
Brain training has been developed to challenge, stimulate and increase activity in the brain to build cognitive reserve and help to keep your cognition on their toes. Cognition also includes critical thinking, reasoning, learning, problem-solving, decision making, remembering and creating functions which we heavily rely on and can be crucial in helping us to materialise our goals.
Creative visualization is a cognitive process/technique and is also known as “image therapy”. The technique focuses on visualizing your aspirations in a meditative state and using your “mind-eye” to visualize through.
Vishen Lakhiani, CEO of Mindvalley and author of The Code Of Extraordinary Mind recommends including creative visualization techniques in your meditation routine as this is best practiced in a state of pure relaxation allowing you to fall into auto suggestions*.
the influencing of your physical or mental state by thoughts and ideas that come from yourself rather than from other peopleCambridge Dictionary
The process of creative visualization is as follows:
- Close your eyes and visualize the pain or situation you’re currently going through for about a minute.
- Once you’ve fully experienced that, it’s time to erase that image and leave those thoughts behind you.
- Now visualize the goal or thing you’d like to achieve and use all five senses to help you see this – try to feel the emotions this end goal may produce. For example, you set a goal of learning Spanish. Once you’ve achieved this goal, you may celebrate by having a piece of cake. What would this cake taste of? How would it smell?
- Think about how this may help benefit two other people in your life.
The concept of creative visualization is meant to help visualize your success, however mental imagery doesn’t come easily to everyone. Which is why you may want to boost your cognitive functions and creativity by doing a little brain training.
Whilst mental imagery is not just a meditative technique, a large body of scientific research outlines the importance of mental imagery in brain function and mental health disorders. In addition to this, a study titled: Mental Imagery: Functional Mechanisms And Clinical Applications demonstrates that mental imagery also plays a role in:
- Visual working memory
- Affective forecasting
- Eye witness memory
- Making moral decisions
- Facilitating emotions.
Scientific research by Isaac and Marks titled: Individual differences in mental imagery experience: developmental changes and specialization suggests “that mental imagery plays a key role in the planning and implementation of action.”
What Does This Actually Mean?
Applying effective visualisation results in the understanding of your end goal and what that entails being made clear, allowing for the understanding of what needs to be completed in order to reach your goals.
Alongside your creativity, Peak can help you with some other areas of your cognition:
- Train your mental agility, allowing you to multitask
- Build your emotional resistance by playing our emotion games
- Increase your vocabulary with our language games
- Dust away any cobwebs and sharpen your mind with focus games
- Remember anything and everything with games such as Wizard in the memory category
- Practice your problem-solving skills with our range of 10 problem solving games.
Reaching your goals can be hard, but it’s not impossible and hopefully with Peak and some creative visualisation you’ll get there sooner than you thought!
Giving your brain a workout will help to keep your neurons happily firing away, whilst practicing the technique of creative visualisation will assist you in visualising your success and kick starting the process that will lead to you achieving your goals.
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