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Visualization of Success

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

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Anxiety Self-regulation

Visualization of Success

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

How To Apply It!

  1. If you can visualize yourself being successful, whether it is on a test, in a sport, or playing an instrument, you are far more likely to be successful.
  2. The night before the big event, envision your 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If adults hear a student going to a place of "what could go wrong", simply supply a positive detail of what could go right.
  5. Try not to be concerned if this breeds some over-confidence. What it is really doing is freeing you to try things you might otherwise fear and increases your 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. Research also shows that younger children who are comfortable discussing their strengths on a regular basis are actually better at accurately self-assessing as they get older compared to children who do not openly discuss their capabilities.