I’ve seen the power of visualization work many times. I don’t care what field you’re in, visualization can help you, especially in high-stress environments.

The first memory I have of visualization working for me outside of the SEAL Teams was during a tested stress course for a certain agency I was working for. I’m not allowed to say who it is (I formerly asked several times but they keep saying no) but pretty sure you can figure it out.

I remember closing my eyes and running through the course, what we call a “Kill House,” over and over in my head. Flowing through the rooms, engaging enemy targets, squeezing my partner’s shoulder signaling him to enter the next room. IDing the hands for a weapon or no weapon to ensure no friendlies were inadvertently given a dirt nap.

I passed on the first try. I remember one cocky tier-one unit guy failing twice and not getting certified by the client. Doom on you for not taking it seriously. “That’s not how we do it at my unit.” We’re not at your unit anymore, dude. You have to realize your environment and adapt. That’s a good lesson in life, period.