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You may be familiar with the idea that visualizing what you want can make it more likely that you’ll get it. What does the science say about this idea, and how can you apply it to achieving your goals?

The idea that we can think our way to success is an appealing one. Studies show that visualization can help—but we need to be cautious and precise about how we do it. Picturing success isn’t a magic charm; the most it can do is help motivate us to act. Some kinds of visualization can even make us less motivated.

A word to the wise

There’s an important difference between action-oriented visualization and fantasizing. Studies have found that ...

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