Greetings Mind Strong Athlete!
Visualization is an important factor in sport performance. What we create in the real world, we first create in our minds. Often with my mental skills clients, I guide them on improving their visualization skills. Together we then create a visualization that is custom to their specific situation. I then guide them through a visualization exercise that I record and they can listen to it later.
Now you can do this exercise on your own. I will give you the steps to do it. Then you can make a recording of it and play it back over and over during one of your mental skills practice sessions.
This exercise will help with the skill of visualization. Here is what you will need to get started. We will be practicing in a variety of modalities, including visual, auditory and kinesthetic in order to get really good at the skill of visualization.
STEP 1: Think of a past performance situation that was one of your best experiences. We will then pull out each component and do mental practice.
STEP 2- VISUAL: What did you see when you were in this awesome experience? Close your eyes for a moment and re-create the visual elements. Now write down what you see.
STEP 3- AUDITORY: What did you HEAR when you were in this awesome experience? Close your eyes for a moment and notice what sounds are present. Now write down what those sounds were.
STEP 4- KINESTHETIC: What did you FEEL when you were in this awesome experience? Close your eyes for a moment and re-create the felt sense in your body. Now write down what you see.
STEP 5- FURTHER MENTAL PRACTICE:
Take 5 minutes now. Take few deep relaxing breaths, and recreate this experience, first thinking of the visual, then switch to the auditory, then switch to the kinesthetic. As a stretch, put them all together and see it all and feel it all and hear it all. Practice for 5 minutes a day to refine your visualization skills.
Here is a copy of the worksheet:
I hope you enjoy it. And if you are interested in making mental training a part of your contest prep arsenal, shoot me a message and let’s talk about how focused and confident you want to feel heading into your next competition.