What is mental imagery and how can I use it?

Mental imagery is the practice of seeing in your mind’s eye how you want to perform a skill, as if you were actually doing it. Elite athletes use imagery to improve their performance, but you can use it for just about any task such as improving your tennis game (even if you’re sidelined with an injury) or flipping an omelet. Good mental imagery uses all of your senses. Watching others also can help. In fact, being a spectator can boost learning even more than mental imagery by itself because you’re observing what you’d like to accomplish rather than having to conjure up images with your mind. However, it’s also important to “feel” yourself executing the skill.