the power of Visualization
Visualization is almost as powerful as the real thing given your brain cannot tell the difference between something real or imagined. Research shows that anytime you are thinking you are engaging and thus conditioning neural pathways. Consequently, whether you are ruminating about the past, thinking about the present or anticipating the future you are strengthening the neural networks associated with whatever you are thinking about.
The most important part of using visualization to strengthen healthy habits is to engage your emotion. Emotion provides the fuel to create more neural power for creating powerful neural networks.
PRACTICE: Spend 10-15 minutes per day visualizing yourself achieving your goals. This should be so vivid, dynamic and pleasing that it easily engages positive emotion. Imagine how you feel, what exactly are you doing, focus on as many details as possible to truly feel it.