The use of visualization is one of the most effective ways to accelerate the achievement of a goal, but it is probably the most under-utilized success tool available. Unfortunately, most people simply do not take advantage of this powerful technique to advance their desired results. But that can be reversed quickly if one will seriously consider the benefits to be derived from well-formed goals being vividly pictured in the mind.

When employing the proven process of visualization, desired goals can be within reach much sooner than one might first expect. It activates the subconscious mind to find solutions and boosts new levels of motivation.

When creating compelling and vivid pictures in the mind, the subconscious will search and capture the information needed to bring the image increasingly closer to reality. This process stimulates the mind to become aware of anything that will help accomplish the goal that is pictured. Think search, find, and support.

In a Harvard study, researchers discovered that students who visualized in advance of anticipated tasks performed with nearly 100% accuracy when tested, compared to those who did not visualize and achieved only 55% accuracy. It is pretty common knowledge that best performing athletes use the art of visualization to mentally practice their success before competing -- with outstanding results.

The person who learns to properly set goals and then proceeds to also use the process of consistently visualizing their successful completion will always have a competitive edge over the individual who does not utilize this success tool. Learn to write down well-constructed goals, repeatedly review and affirm them, and definitely visualize each goal on a consistent basis.

Once you begin to practice the art of truly visualizing the successful attainment of your goals, you will begin to understand the positive impact of this process. Begin by giving free-rein to your imagination. As best you can, set aside your inhibitions as you infuse your creativity. In time, you will become skilled at visualizing the achievement of your desired outcome.

Each day and/or evening set aside dedicated time to picture, fantasize, and visualize your goals as if they had already been accomplished. This step is very important --- be consistent in this practice. Try to see things as you want them to be, instead of as they are. Close your eyes and project clear mental pictures. Visualize your appearance and actions just as they would be if your goals had already been attained.

For example, you may want to imagine yourself sitting in a theater; and while looking at the movie screen, see yourself successfully accomplishing your desires. Focus your attention on the details of your accomplished results. When you repeatedly form a clear picture of your future, you will soon find ways and means to bring it into reality.

At first, don't be concerned about how you are going to do it, just focus on what you want to do. Your inspiration for how you will achieve your goal and the self-motivation for forging ahead will surface naturally. Your vivid imagination will lead to desire, and that will lead to action and belief --- and ultimately creating circumstances and opportunities which you may seize to produce the results you want.

Author's Bio: 

David Schaefer is a success coach and writes on the topics of personal development and successful Internet marketing. He offers a FREE AUDIO CD about Breakthrough Success. For online entrepreneurs, visit