Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Practice Success Mentally

Practice Success Mentally…

The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the
Way you use them. Just as you have to work to maintain your physical skills you must work to maintain positive thoughts.

To achieve the desired results you need to set aside time to image every day. Imaging is seeing yourself accomplishing a specific goal. Imaging can be done in practice, on the bench, on bus trips, in your room and prior to bedtime – anytime and anywhere. Visualization should include as many of the senses as possible. Effective imaging includes seeing, hearing, and feeling. Focus on the perfection of mechanics, perfect timing, power, aggressiveness or anything that helps bring your goal to reality. See and feel yourself playing loose, performing superbly!

When possible, perform at least part of the physical motions related to the skill while mentally practicing. Learn the feel of your muscles performing actions, such as swinging the bat, pitching windup and delivery, fielding, running the bases – whatever it takes. This helps you stay focused and avoid distractions.

· Prisoners of war mentally practiced golf while incarcerated. Not only did it help them survive, but found their skills had actually improved once freed. After years of not playing, they found themselves shooting much lower scores than before their imprisonment. Proof!!!

Two methods of Visualization

Internal – Being the most valuable of the two methods, it involves seeing yourself through your own eyes, mentally performing the physical skills.

External – It involves watching yourself from outside the body, as if seeing a video tape of yourself in performance.


The mind has many thoughts clamoring for ATTENTION.

Life is handling many tasks at once…But in a game performance a divided mind will produced negative results.

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