Two years ago, I wrote a post called Conceive, Believe, Achieve about the efficacy of visualization to reach your goals (http://alinefromlinda.blogspot.ca/2015/01/conceive-believe-achieve.html). Visualization might be rare in your world, but in the world of professional sports, it's commonplace. Many athletes, including gymnast Mary Lou Retton, have proven that it works.
Colin Hiles, aka The Mindset Guy, maintains that visualization is the greatest accelerator to achieving your goals. In his video, "How to Visualize to Achieve Your Goals Faster" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxoToJCWA44), he points out that your subconscious mind plays such a vital role in shaping your actions. "Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions," maintained Albert Einstein. If you focus on what you don't want, and that's what worriers do, you will likely attract trouble. If you focus on what you do want, and that's what people who pray or meditate do, you will likely attract good results.
Colin Hiles explains that in visualization, in the process of developping a new mindset, you start with the invisible and make it visible. For example, if you want to lose weight, you see yourself as that thin person. Your thoughts are very deliberate at first. He recommends that you focus on images as the subconscious mind understands images rather than words. Furthermore, the subconscious cannot distinguish between something that is real and something that is vividly imagined. If you close your eyes and hold the image vividly enough, you should get a physiological response. For example, if you imagine yourself sucking on a lemon, you might start to pucker up. However, if you imagine yourself vacationing on a beautiful island, you'll probably find your body relaxing.
Here is Colin Hiles' six step process of VISUALIZATION:
1. decide what goals you want to achieve
2. relax; get into an Alpha state, the bridge between the conscious and the subconscious
3. alternate between imagining (belief/desire) and feeling (talk and act as if you have already reached your goal)
4. focus (act ideally)
5. repeat (twice a day for 5 minutes)
6. cheat (use Colin Miles' step by step audio guide)