Hi everyone, my name is Wilson Leung I’m the Director of the Graduate Leadership Institute and you just watched 19 year old Canadian sensation Bianca Andreescu when the US Open tennis championship over legendary superstar Serena Williams. Andreescu becomes the first Canadian Grand Slam singles champion. How did she do that? Well, check out her post match interview for the key to her success. I’ve been dreaming of this moment For the longest time like I said after I won on the Orange Bowl a couple months after I really believed that I could be at this stage and since then, honestly, I’ve been visualizing it almost every single day So for it to become a reality, it was just so crazy. I guess these visualizations really, really work. As you heard Andreescu attributed her success to visualization. The key was that she imagined ahead of time, days upon days, about beating her opponent. She replayed in her mind different situations and scenarios that she might potentially face and thought in advance, mentally prepared how she might address these challenges. She didn’t just prepare physically and was in great physical condition, but she also prepared her mental frame of mind at an elite level. Before Andreescu even stepped foot onto a tennis court, she believed in her mind that she had already won the championship. That’s the power of visualization. And this mental tool is available to you as a graduate student and as a leader to help you increase your own effectiveness. Perhaps you’re about to defend your thesis or maybe you are stepping into a presentation or perhaps you are leading a meeting with classmates or coworkers. Or maybe even about to have a difficult leadership conversation with someone. Try to positively visualize what might happen before you actually step into that situation. Try to anticipate some of the challenges you might be facing and how you might potentially address these difficulties and then replay in your mind how you plan to positively impact and influence that situation. And as you practice visualization consistently and in a disciplined way. This will help you increase your effectiveness both as a graduate student and as a leader.