The famous golfer Jack Nicklaus apparently never hit a shot without first clearly visualising where the ball would go, which was usually “sitting up there high and white and pretty on the green.”
He was famed for claiming that a successful shot was 50% visualisation, 40% setup and only 10% swing.
Arnold Swarzenneger was adamant that pumping a weight one time with full consciousness was worth ten without mental awareness.
So what is really real then?
Actually the answer to this question is unimportant. What is important is that thought, images and feelings have a greater influence on the world than we would like to believe.
Your intention for something; your image in your mind of how it should be, will be the single most powerful tool in helping you create it.
What kind of parent do you want to be?
What kind of life do you want to have?
What way would you treat your customers?
How would you handle product returns?
Couple powerful intent with persistent practice, and the world is your oyster.