Here’s a quick tip for anybody who is currently struggling to push themselves to finally get fit and healthy, or for anybody who does already work out but is struggling to take their game to the next level.
Can you imagine your success? No seriously, I mean can you, in your own mind start to picture yourself doing the thing you have been telling yourself you are going to do for so long?
Seems pretty simple right? Now, this is not to say that you can just imagine your way to being able to squat 500 pounds if you never have even picked up a weight before. However, strong imagery can be used in order to accomplish goals which are realistic based on where you are currently in your level of development. Using strong imagery can help to give you the extra push you need when you just don’t feel as motivated. This is because our minds tend to not be able to differentiate between real and imagined events. Therefore, if you have seen it in your mind already you are then far more likely to execute the task in real life. This is especially true when you can feel emotions which are associated with your goal (build up the feelings of competence, confidence, and a sense of accomplishment within you).
Paint a Vivid Picture
Let me use the example here of a baseball player working on their swing at the batting cages:
- Location: I can see myself at the batting cages on a warm sunny day.
- Physical: I take my mind through the actual mechanical breakdown of the baseball swing, doing my best to imagine the felt motor responses of the timing, the swing, the follow through, and even imagine the feeling in my arms and hands after really squaring the ball up.
- Time: I imagine my hitting scenario using the same amount of time it would take me to swing a bat and connect with the ball.
- Level: Like I mentioned earlier, imagine yourself executing a task which fits with your current level of development. I will imagine myself hitting a fastball instead of a curveball (until we do get to curveballs of course).
- Perspective: I can imagine myself hitting from either a first person or third person point of view. Both of these options can be powerful.
- Emotion: I can feel the enjoyment, satisfaction, freedom, and rush of energy which comes from squaring up the baseball and sending it far.
Watch your mind like a Hawk
While this can be a powerful tool to use in just about any area of your life you are looking to improve, be very careful of when you have negative emotions and self-defeating thoughts. While strong imagery can be a powerful tool in helping you achieve your goals, negative thought patterns can manifest even more easily if we are not consistently watching the activity of our minds. If you have a negative or self-defeating thought and catch yourself, it’s best to forgive yourself for having the negative thought first. Then is when you can encourage your mind to think of something which will be more self-serving.
Slow and Steady
Use this technique little by little and you will see yourself hitting curveballs and even sliders in no time!