Are you a good problem solver?
If so, think about a problem that is currently stressing you out.
It could be in your work, your relationships, anything. However, it must be realistically solvable (ending world hunger will have to wait for another time).
Got your problem?
Okay, now think about which of these methods will be most effective in coming up with a solution:
1. Create a plan
Spend the next week researching, brainstorming, and coming up with a plan:
- Learn more about your problem.
- Think about what you can do to solve it.
- Write down your next steps.
Spend 5 minutes/day for the next week mentally rehearsing how this problem arose:
- Visualize the beginning of the problem: go over every detail that lead to the first incident.
- Visualize each step since: what happened to make things better or worse since then?
- Visualize the actions you took: remember what you said and did at each step.
- Visualize the environment you were in: where were you, who was around you, and what did they say?
Spend 5 minutes/day for the next week visualizing the problem being resolved and being free of the stressful situation:
- Picture the relief you feel.
- Visualize your satisfaction having dealt with the problem.
- Picture the confidence you will feel in yourself knowing that you have successfully dealt with the problem.
Which of these methods do you believe will help you solve your problem most effectively?
Review them again.
Have your prediction?
When researchers put 3 groups of participants through this actual practice, the event-simulation group greatly out-performed the other two on almost every measure. 
Before the week was even over, the event-simulation group started taking action towards solving their problem — and many actually did!
They were also more likely to:
- Seek out advice from others.
- Feel positive about themselves and their situation.
- Report that they learned and grew from the experience.
These results seem to make no sense. When you think about it, they were visualizing failure, yet somehow they felt even more positive about themselves than those who visualized success!
So why did the event-simulation work so much more effectively?
What you may think:
Visualization is powerful. So powerful, in fact, that your brain will actually treat visualizations the same way it treats real events.
When I first started as an entrepreneur, I tried to harness this power through the “law of attraction.” According to this law, if I visualized people investing in me, co-founders partnering with me, and customers loving my products, then I would believe these have all actually happened. 
Ideally, this would give me the confidence and willpower to make my visualization a reality.
So I visualized success every day…but it wasn’t my confidence that increased, it was my frustration.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was getting frustrated by the fact that there was such a wide gap between my daily struggle and what my mind believed I had already achieved.
So I gave up the practice; thinking that “it’s just not for me.” But really, it was because I didn’t knowhow to reach those outcomes. I didn’t know the process it took to get investors, recruit cofounders, or make sales.
Sure, I could visualize the result, but I had no idea what the process was to actually achieve that result. My mind was frustrated because it didn’t know the right path to the success I was visualizing.
You may visualize yourself in possession of wealth, achievement, or whatever goal you are working toward, but if you don’t know the path from where you are to where you want to be, it will simply create this same gap in your mind.
What you may think: