You’ve done it before a million times. Maybe you’re presenting at a meeting or confronting a co-worker on an issue. You run through it in your mind, like a play running through your head. You anticipate possible comments and come up with responses. You alter what you’re going to say accordingly. You’re not physically there, but you see the scene as though you are. You’re getting ready, preparing for the conversation or event. Even if things don’t go exactly as you had imagined, you’ve prepared responses, quips, actions that will make your actual ‘performance’ a success.
No one had to teach you this concept; it’s a natural phenomenon. Believe it or not, there is a name for it: Mental Rehearsing.