Creative visualization is the process of manifesting your goals or dreams by actively imagining the goal as if it has already been achieved. This uses all the senses (vision, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting). It is a very powerful technique, which conditions the subconscious mind into helping you get what you want.
The technique has been used since time immemorial by some of the greatest inventors. Nikola Tesla, the man whose name is synonymous with alternating current, built his first electric motor in his mind, re-designing and testing it until it worked perfectly. Only then did he actually build it . Many sports people train both physically and mentally to improve their performance. Mental training involves imagining actually training, feeling the pull and stretch of the muscles, feeling and hearing the heart pumping in the chest feeling and hearing the controlled breathing and seeing performance get better and better.
The word visualize can be rather misleading. It implies that we should be able to see in our minds' eye. Not everyone can do this. My primary representational system is visual (I remember best what I see) but for some people its auditory (they remember mainly what they hear) and for others it's kinaesthetic (they go according to their feelings).
In fact during creative visualization, you should use all your senses. I usually start by imagining seeing whatever it is that I'm trying to achieve. Then I add in the sounds that I would hear, the feelings I would have on succeeding. If I can add smell and taste all the better. So it is best to start with your primary representational system. If you are kinaesthetic and you want to imagine a slice of toast:
To give you an idea of how to incorporate all your senses in mental imagery I'm going to use a public speaking engagement as an example. If at all possible, you should try to visit the venue so that you get an idea of the look and feel of the place before your presentation. Then:
Make your imagery as vivid as possible and do the imagery on a daily basis. You don't have to follow the order I've put down. You could start with what you would feel or what you would hear.
In his book, The Power of Visualization , Lee Pulos gives a detailed account of the whole process.
Before you start using creative visualization you should first: