You may have heard of creative visualization from interviews with athletes who have used this powerful technique to win more gold medals and titles than perhaps any other single training method. By actually sensing, feeling and being in a perfect race or competition within their own heads, professional and amateur athletes are able to use these mental images to help them prepare for the actual race. What you may not realize is that the technique is essentially the very same as the Law of Attraction as popularised in the film and book, The Secret. In 1984, Dr. Denis Waitley began using his idea for visualization with Olympic athletes. In his very popular 1986 book, The Psychology of Winning, Waitley outlined how to form and really use visualization as a tool for success. The athletes he coached were so effective in Olympic competition; his books became a de facto standard that even high school athletes have since tried his method. Of course, really feeling and being in your chosen future demands you spend some time and make an effort to help get the picture solid in your mind, no matter what your goal is. This means not only knowing what you want, but also giving some thought as to how your best future will come about. That doesn’t mean you’ll know how it will happen, but even just actively imagining yourself achieving your success will help make it happen. Because it’s often easier to envision objects, asking for physical manifestations of your intentions is often a good place to start. The Law of Attraction doesn’t differentiate between large and small requests, but human minds do. You’ll feel far more convinced of your own abilities to encourage good fortune to come your way when you start small. What makes visualization actually useful are the little details. One needs to actually see and feel and essentially “be” in your own future. The more detailed your image of the future you desire is; the more likely you are to make it come true. This may involve visiting the objects you desire, or even cutting a picture of what you want out of a catalogue. For instance, if you want a car, decide what car that is, right down to every detail. Then go test drive one. If you have no idea how you’ll be able to afford it, don’t think about it – you don’t want to re-enforce any negative messages. Drive that car around, then go home, and clearly remember every little aspect of that test drive. Imagine yourself behind the wheel and how good it did and will feel. The more convincing the image, the more powerful it is.