Sunday 19 November 2017

Declan Coyle: Visualisation - when seeing is believing

Thomas Mueller celebrates scoring his team's third goal, against Portugal in Salvador
Thomas Mueller celebrates scoring his team's third goal, against Portugal in Salvador

Declan Coyle

YOU have within you an awesome power that most of us have never been taught to use. Elite athletes use it. That power is called visualisation.

The daily practice of visualising your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams. Visualisation accomplishes three things:

1. It activates your creative subconscious, which will start generating new ideas to help you achieve your goal.

2. It programmes your brain to more readily see, recognise and attract the people, opportunities and resources you will need.

3. It builds your internal motivation to take the actions to achieve your dreams.

Visualisation is simple. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and imagine as vividly as possible what you would be looking at if the dream were already realised.

Athletes call this "mental rehearsal." Jack Nicklaus won over 100 tournaments and almost $6 million. He said, "I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head." There are four steps to using this:

Step 1: Frequency

The more often you repeat a clear mental picture of your best performance or result, the more rapidly it will appear as part of your reality. Repetition is key.

Step 2: Duration

When you deeply relax, you can hold a mental picture of yourself performing at your best for several seconds or minutes. The longer you can hold your mental picture, the more deeply it will be impressed on your subconscious.

Step 3: Vividness

There is a direct relationship between how clearly you can see your desired goal and how quickly it becomes reality.

Step 4: Intensity

The most important part of the visualisation process.

These elements can help or hurt you, depending on whether your visualisations are positive or negative. Continually feed your mind with clear, exciting, emotional pictures of your dreams. Believe it and you will see it.

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