Visualization is a form of motor imagery that allows a person to practice within their own mind.
When done correctly, this form of mental practice can be just as valuable as physical practice.
The idea behind mental practice is that your nervous system cannot differentiate between an experience that is actually taking place and one that is vividly imagined.
The problem that most people face when trying to use mental practice, is that we fail to incorporate all five of our senses.
To get the full benefit of mental practice, we have to do more than just visualize, we have to give each of our senses as much detail as we can.
The five senses
By using all five of our senses, we can create a much more realistic experience for our nervous system, one that mimics actually physical experience.
Try this, during your next mental practice session, focus on one part of your performance and take a few minutes to experience each one of these features in as much detail as you can. Most importantly, give the experience emotion! Don’t just see it happening, but vividly feel it taking place.