Harness the power of the mind.
Once I get something in my head it can be difficult to see it any other way and, unfortunately, it’s not always positive. Not too long ago I convinced myself that a feeling in my leg was an injury. I was even dreaming about it and when I woke up I expected it to hurt when I got out of bed. No kidding. Was I injured? No. Oh and, by the way, I also have a knack for psyching myself out.
Putting all that together, I decided to use the power of the mind to my advantage. I was going to convince myself I could do something before I could actually do it. Little did I know, in it’s most simple terms, that was visualization. I had heard of visualization but didn’t really give it much thought. Honestly, I thought it was kind of out there. As it turns out, a lot of professional athletes use visualization to achieve success so maybe I was on to something.
When one starts to visualize the impossible, one begins to see it as possible. Cherie Carter-Scott
I have convinced myself visualization works! The test was my goal of holding the crow pose. Every time I tried I visualized what I looked like holding that pose. Would I have accomplished the goal if I hadn’t tried this? Probably, but not without more time and a lot more frustration everytime I fell.
How did it work for me?
- I refocused my thinking. I stopped anticipating falling forward on my head.
- I convinced myself I could already do it before I actually could.
- I was better able to focus my thoughts on position, where my body was in space and what I needed to do to hold that pose.
- I was 100% confident that I could achieve this goal.
How I did it?
- I decided what I wanted to do.
- I chose an image.
- I visualized the image daily (many times).
Am I naive enough to think that all I have to do is imagine and all my wildest dreams will come true? No. If visualization is what it takes to change and refocus my thinking and frame of mind then why not do it. Why not use the power of the mind for success rather than psyching myself out?
What do you think? Have you ever tried visualization? Do you think it’s too “out there”?
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