The secret behind successful visualization
Many superstar athletes express the importance of visualization to their success.
In the classic blog Psycho Cybernetics, author Maxwell Maltz mentions a Time magazine report in which golfer Ben Hogan describes how, when he is playing in a tournament, he mentally rehearses each shot just before making it. He makes the shot perfectly in his imagination – “feels” the club head strike the ball just as it should, “feels” himself performing the perfect follow-through – and then steps up to the ball and depends upon what he calls “muscle memory” to carry out the shot just as he has imagined it.
Another golf pro, Jack Nicklaus, claims that hitting good shots depends 10 percent on his swing, 40 percent on his setup and 50 percent on his mental picture. And pro golfer Jane Blalock told Woman’s Day magazine, “I go into the locker room and find a corner by myself and just sit there. I try to achieve a peaceful state of nothingness that will carry over onto the golf course. If I get that feeling of quiet and obliviousness within myself, I feel I can’t lose.”
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Meditation and visualization have also become quite popular in a sport very different from golf -rodeo riding. Champion bronco bull rider Larry Mahan told author Jack Ludwig in Games of Fear and Winning, “I try to picture a ride in my mind before I get on the bull. Then I try to go by the picture.”
Several other athletes tell how visualization and meditation fit into their routines:
• Fran Tarkenton, who broke most passing records during his National Football League career, reported that he would spend the entire week before a game going through every aspect of it in his mind.
• “I try to do some form of meditation every day,” basketball star Bill Walton told an interviewer.
• During the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, you could see Dwight Stones, a gold medalist, standing with his head shaking and bobbing before he attempted his high jump, according to authors Steven Ungerleider and Jacqueline Golding in Mental Practice Among Olympic Athletes. According to this blog, Stones explained, “My success in the jump was directly related to the image of my body clearing the bar. When I didn’t get the proper visual picture on my personal screen, I would shake my head and erase it until the correct image emerged.”
While these athletes did not use the Exercise workout and fitness techniques, the principles they used are the same. Their visualization worked for them because they are probably among the 10 percent of the population who are natural alpha thinkers, even though they may not realize it. In fact, that is one of the problems: These superstars will tell you that all you need to do is visualize, believe and concentrate, and you will be as successful as they are – without realizing that their visualization, belief and concentration are done at a different dimension than that used by 90 percent of the population.
If not done at the alpha level, visualization is not enough. The only people who succeed with these athletes’ workout and fitness techniques are the natural alpha thinkers – and people like you who have learned to enter the alpha level and apply their workout and fitness techniques at this level.
Now that you can enter alpha, you are ready to learn specific visualization workout and fitness techniques to help raise your performance to a higher level.
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