The Power of Imagination

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Our brain is easily fooled. It has a hard time telling the difference between what we think (or imagine) is real and what is actually real. This often gets us into trouble – especially in our relationships. However, we can make this work for us instead of against us. One example would be using our imagination before having a difficult conversation with a colleague or family member. If we imagine and visualize the conversation going very smoothly and calmly, it is much more likely to be less stressful. This requires taking several minutes to imagine what the ideal interaction will feel like, sound like, and look like. This strategy has been used successfully for years by athletes. They will spend several minutes or even hours visualizing themselves making the perfect play. Give it a try and see for yourself the next time you anticipate a stressful event or interaction. Go ahead and let your brain be fooled!

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