Over the last few weeks you have seen the importance of modeling behaviors. Conditioning, this is how we learn. As outlined with Walking and Talking we learned everything originally through this modeling or copycat behavior. Now comes the second part of that process….. Seeing yourself actually doing these things or having these things as already part of your life. Visualizing you in that situation or circumstance that enables you to take the action so you achieve the goal or visualization. Lets now go into a deeper definition of Creative Visualization and then how you are going to use this to increase your belief in yourself and thus your performance.
In one of the most well-known studies on creative visualization in sports, Russian scientists compared four groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their physical and mental training ratios:
- Group 1 received 100% physical training;
- Group 2 received 75% physical training with 25% mental training;
- Group 3 received 50% mental training with 50% physical training;
Group 3 had the best performance results, indicating that certain types of mental training, such as consciously invoking specific subjective states, can have significant measurable effects on biological performance. According to Cummins, “The Soviets had discovered that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses It has since become more widely understood and accepted in neuroscience and sports psychology that subjective training can cause the body to respond more favorably to consciously desired outcomes.
So in this experiment it is clear – very clear – that the entire game of visualization AND Success stems from a combination of 50% Mental and 50% Physical. Meaning 50% of your time will be mental preparation and study. THEN and only then, are you even READY to take action.
Today we are going to cover exactly how I do two forms of this visualization. One will be long term visualization and the components of what to do there and the other would be short term visualization like what I do a few minutes before this call or a few minutes before I return calls to potential prospects. I will also go one step out of the box and review how visualization can create triumphs in your personal life as well. So come prepared today with an open mind.