Visualization is one of the most powerful aspects of your daily life, and can have a wide variety of effects on your hobbies, interests, and day-to-day tasks. One of the most important parts of visualization is developing a connection with people and objects around you.
While not easy to do without a great deal of focus and practice, it is incredibly rewarding in the long run. This process allows you to crystalize your intentions, goals, and possibilities and implement them into your life.
Michael Phelps, 22 Olympic golds and counting
One of those who has done this successfully, and swears by its effectiveness, is perhaps the most famous swimmer of all time, Michael Phelps. He has achieved renowned worldwide success on account of his remarkable swimming skills, and in his own words, it has dramatically impacted his performance as a swimmer.
He starts by placing the body in a completely relaxed state, which he notes is a must-have for his visualizing process. His coach, Bob Bowman, stresses that there must be a lot of practice, and specific detail with this visualization. In a sense, Phelps is rehearsing a scenario – one where he WINS.
That’s the key ingredient – a process. Michael Phelps and his coach have a very specific process that they follow, which allows for the development of a particular scenario, one that he wishes to be in. This is a scenario where he steps on the block, and performs the race on “autopilot”, as he says. What this really is doing, is taking away much of the normal inhibition that comes with participating in a race.
This inhibition is problematic for anyone that is performing or competing in something. Inhibition comes when nerves are brought into the picture, and it’s the goal of the visualizer to temper it. Michael Phelps is well aware of this, and therefore uses this carefully rehearsed strategy to assist himself.
In the end, why does this matter? How can it become a valuable part of your life? Simply put, it’s the process that is most important. By developing a process that is applicable in essentially any scenario, you can massively improve the way you approach tasks and goals.
Vie – Be the Change You Want to See
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