Combine visual and mental rehearsal with physical rehearsal and practice in preparation for an event. Visualization, mental practice, has been shown to be effective in improving motor skills, although there is no evidence that this improves cognitive and behavioral skills. Close your eyes and internally stimulate the performance in your mind. Accompany this visualization with approximate physical movements. (Howard, Pierce J., PhD. The Owner’s Manual for the Brain, p. 492GA: Bard Press, 1994, 2000.)

Many athletes, musicians, and other performers mentally rehearse important actions (visualize) as they prepare for their events. (Newberg, Andrew, MD, et al. Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief, 94-95NY: Ballantine Books, 2001.)

Visualization is often utilized by athletes in their training (e.g., internally picture an ideal performance over and over). When they actually perform, their mind and body follow these pre-established configurations. (Benson, Herbert, MD., with Marg Stark. Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief, p. 275-277. NY: Scribner, 1996.)