You have to feel it as if it were real.
I have tried this many times, but it doesn't help me very much. Actually, it increases my frustration.
I picture myself where I want to be in the future, but instead of helping me achieve my goals, it pisses me off!
Why? It makes me angry because I notice a huge gap from where I am right now and where I want to be. The distance between the real and the ideal seems to be huge in my mind, and I desperately want to attain the ideal.
Another problem is that sometimes I spend so much time visualizing and imagining that I live in my own sort of little dream world.
I am beginning to think that this is an evasion from reality, and that it prevents me from living in the now.
I have achieved a lot more when I just focus on the present, without giving a damn about the future.
I no longer visualize myself achieving my goals: I just take action now without even caring what will happen tomorrow because who knows if I will be alive tomorrow?
What have been your experiences with visualization? Has it helped you? Has it been detrimental?