Katherine Mullin

The Power of the Mind

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When Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” maybe he was talking about the power of visualising. The brain is neuroplastic, which means it can create new neural pathways. When we repeat a skill that we are trying to master, we strengthen the neural networks that represent that action. The same happens physically in the brain whether we perform the action, or simply visualize it. Your brain cannot tell the difference between an action you performed and an action you visualized.
In a Harvard study, two groups wanted to master a new piano piece of music, one group imagined practising while the other group actually practised on a piano. The group imagining showed motor cortex expansion, even though they hadn’t been near a piano.
So if we visualise what we want to become good at, a job interview, a presentation, a sports activity…

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