Visualization

“See it, then do it.” Growing up, I heard those five words over and over again until I eventually began to loathe them—mainly because it was my pitching coach’s go-to phrase whenever I made a mistake. I hated how simple it sounded. Here I am trying and trying to make an adjustment but not quite putting it all together and he sits back in his chair and calmly says, “SEE it, then DO it.” It took me years to fully understand what he meant. I have already discussed in earlier posts how our thoughts are physical and the concept of speaking something into existence, but the power of VISUALIZATION extends far beyond that. As common sense dictates, we cannot perform an action until we can picture ourselves doing it first. That is what “see it, then do it” means on a superficial level. First picture yourself succeeding and then physically act out that image. This simple task alone when added to one’s approach can be incredibly useful in making adjustments and becoming more consistent; however, there is so much more to it than that.

One of the best aspects of visualization is that every single image can be perfect. When physically practicing a skill there are both positive and negative reps. Positive reps are ones that are executed correctly, while negative reps are ones that are performed incorrectly. The goal is to have as high of a positive net value on the day as possible. The beautiful thing about visualization, however, is that every mental rep can (and should) be perfect. Imperfection only arises from a loss of focus. That is not to say that visualization is easy, but then again, neither is consistent success. Visualization requires a tremendous amount of imagination; you are creating a reality—with as much detail as possible—and manipulating that reality towards a favorable outcome, over and over.

At first, you may find this exhausting. Constructing and holding one specific image in your head for a long period of time can be quite challenging. Visualization develops one’s ability to have a singular, precise focus, which can then be applied to any endeavor in order to have success. Furthermore, it is amazing how much we overlook when our eyes are open. Although seemingly counterintuitive, we often experience our greatest moments of clarity with our eyes closed. Visualization taps into our subconscious and intensifies our connection between mind and body, helping bring us into harmony. When this happens, the physical component becomes the easiest part. It is like quoting a line from that movie you have seen one hundred times; only this time the “line” is a blueprint for success that you have implanted inside your memory bank to be called upon as needed.

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