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Visualization of Success


Social-Emotional Learning ^Extra-curricular/At-Home All Ages Strategy


Anxiety Self-regulation

Visualization of Success

If your child has low self-confidence, is pessimistic, or is nervous about an upcoming event

Teach It!

Objective: If you can help students visualize themselves being successful, whether it is on a test, in a sport, playing an instrument, or getting an A, they are far more likely to be successful.

Instruction and Practice: The night before a big event or when a student is feeling down, help them envision success. Encourage them to picture success with all the details: where you are, who is with you, what you will be doing, what you will do well, and how you great you feel when you are successful. Adults can help a student who has difficulty doing this independently. Simply encourage them to close their eyes and take turns with them filling in the details. If adults hear a student going to a place of "what could go wrong", simply supply a positive detail of what could go right. Try not to be concerned if this breeds some over-confidence. What it is really doing is freeing the mind to try things you might otherwise fear and increases chances for success.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Research shows an amazing phenomenon that visualizing achievement creates the same effects in the brain as the actual achievement. Hence, vividly picturing success increases the actual likelihood of success. Visualizing goals creates hope, and hope can be the best predictor of academic success.