Yes, it works for me. Its called auto-suggestion also known as visualization.
Its actually about how your brain work. I just found out recently that 90% of your brain works in the sub-conscious while the 10% work on the conscious mind.
The easiest example is riding a bicycle. in the beginning of riding a bike, you are on the conscious mode. with practice, the information on how to ride a bike is passed to the sub-conscious and you will be so good that your brain will take over your body and you ride it without much problem.
The same thing goes for anything you are working on or getting. You need to visualize it and keep playing the ‘victory’ part in your mind so that your mind will know what to be aware of.
Because your sub-conscious mind does not know how to differentiate what is real or what is imagination, thus they will always treat imagination as the real thing.
The problem most people face with visualization are three folds.
First is because they doesn’t know what they want. so they have nothing to visualize on. For me, I want to be a trainer and public speaker, thus every time I goes to work, I will take about 20 – 30 minutes visualizing myself standing in front of the crowd and talking to them.
In 3 months time, I joined Toastmasters, a platform for me to speak in front of the crowd and also given opportunities to facilitate classes.
Second is because that they visualize on the wrong thing. Do you realize that most people think about what they don’t want instead of what they want all the time? Thus they always get what they dont want. if you want to do well in exams, think of the effort put in, the examination, the you that breeze through and the joy when you receive your results. Instead of panicking, sweaty palms and crying. You feel much better and and more confident that way.
Third is because they don’t follow up with action. No pain, no gain. You sow what you reap. Day dream itself will not get you far. It will help you, but how far you want to go depend on yourself. You got to work on your goals so that your dream will materialize.
Lastly, I have realize that once you are fix on a goal and you visualize it often enough, opportunities to achieve that goal will start to present itself. Just Do It!