Many people think of their physical fitness and health and they focus on just that one aspect of it - the physical. An important part of being successful at anything is putting your mind into a certain focus on a goal so that your body (your actions) will follow. Intentions on their own never accomplished anything. You can want to get fit, you can want to get healthy, you can want to learn a language, you can want to do a project. Just wanting it will not make it happen however. There are two main parts of any goal that need to be activated - the motivation and the belief. You have to want to do it and you have to believe it will happen. Studies have shown that if someone can actually "see" (in their mind) the success as being attainable they will be much more motivated to put their desire into actions.* The second part is the belief that they can achieve the goal. As a very simple example, let's say a golfer has a really long putt to make in a tournament and she's nervous. She swings and ends up missing badly. She begins to do visualization every morning. She sits quietly, closes her eyes and sees everything about the putt as vividly as possible. She makes the colors bright, the sounds clear and even imagines the breeze on her skin. And she sees herself making that putt successfully again, and again, and again. That image becomes embedded in her mind as an actual success. When faced with a similar situation in real life, she is likely to be much more relaxed because she has already done this before. You can see where this can have implications in everyday life. Working out, job interviews, dealing with difficult situations. Take a few minutes a day to practice visualization on those things that you wish to achieve and add this to your tool belt of life strategies.
* R. Bagchi, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Virginia Tech. Easier to Visualize Goal is Powerful Motivator to Finish Race or Task. Science Daily (Aug. 15, 2011)