In Jack Canfield's book 'Success Principles' he tells the story of the Olympic gold medallists, Peter Vidmar and Tim Daggett who visualized their way to a gold medal in gymnastics at the Olympics. Visualization is a powerful tool in reaching whatever goals we set ourselves – whether it is winning a gold medal at the Olympics or just shedding those extra pounds.

Peter Describes His Use of Visualization to Win the Olympics

To quote from 'Success Principles' where Peter described his use of visualization, 'To keep us focused on our Olympic goal, we began ending our workouts by visualizing our dream. We visualized ourselves actually competing in the Olympics and achieving our dream by practicing what we thought would be the ultimate gymnastics scenario.'

Peter then explained how he would talk to Tim and two of them would visualize exactly how they would carry off the perfect routine and the events around that.

On July 31, 1984 things happened almost exactly as they had visualized it. 'Success Principles' then continue Peter's story at the actual 1984 Olympics, "I looked at Coach Mako, my coach for the past 12 years. AS focused as ever, he simply said, 'Okay, Peter, let's go. You know what to do. You've done it a thousand times, just like every day back in the gym. Let's just do it one more time, and let's go home. You're prepared.' He was right. I had planned for this moment and visualized it hundreds of times. I was prepared to perform my routine. Rather than seeing myself actually standing in the Olympic arena with 13,000 people in the stands and 200 million watching on television, in my mind I pictured myself back in the UCLA gym at the end of the day with two people left in the gym.'

Lessons from This Visualization Exercise

Peter Vidmar and Tim Daggett visualized their way to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics. Every day at the gym they would visualize what it would be like to win and what they would do – then when things happened as they imagined, they visualized themselves back in the gym doing the perfect routine and Peter Vidmar got a 9.95 score on the bar.

No matter what your goal is you should practice visualization – visualize regularly that you are in the situation where you have accomplished your goal – you are at the Olympics, you are stepping on the scale to see your goal weight, you receive a copy of your first book published, etc. Visualize exactly what it is like and what it is going to take to get you that final step. Visualization creates in your mind the scenario and starts putting into place what is necessary for you to reach that goal. We are told that something that is vividly visualized has the same reaction on the body as if it was literally done. If you want something, if you have a goal, then make time daily to visualize yourself achieving it. Bring in as much detail and as many senses as you can. Prepare in your mind the ground for the fulfilment of that goal and you will see it happen.