Let us look at this experiment from the University of California, Los Angeles. Lien Pham and Shelley Taylor conducted and experiment with 3 groups.
Group 1 were asked to spend a few moments each day visualizing a clear image and notice how great it would make them feel to score a high grade in an exam.
Group 2 were asked to visualise exactly when, where, and how they intended to study.
Group 3 were the control group and asked not to visualize anything.
Results of the experiment. The group 1 students studied less and scored lower grades on the exam. Although they reported feeling better about themselves they achieved less.
The students in group 2, visualizing studying, prepared better for the exam, made them studied harder and they scored higher grades and reported that they felt less stressed than normal.
Daydreaming about amazing things may make you feel better short term and while you are doing it, but long term can be unproductive. Instead focusing on (visualising), taking action, doing things and spotting opportunities that you take advantage of gets you results.
This experiment involved people playing sports, golf and tennis.
The experiment again showed that the people visualising themselves training (i.e. taking action) and practicing were more successful than those who simply imagined themselves winning or the group who only practiced.
“Is now a good time to think something else…”