“Where the mind goes, the body will follow.” – Unknown
This may appear to be another quote to inspire you but you should take this seriously if you play a sport or are looking to reach personal fitness goals. Without going into a major science lesson, the brain sends a message down the spinal cord and then to the appropriate bodyparts to move properly to execute the desired action (like telling the leg muscles to kick a soccer ball). So the quote above can be considered accurate in a literal sense but there is another way to use your mental prowess to help you achieve success on the court, field, diamond, or the weight room.
See it Before You Do It
Visualization is a word that many people may not take seriously but if you’ve never tried it then you could very well be surprised at how much it improves your abilities to perform. Superstar athletes like Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jordan, and countless others mentally rehearsed what they wanted to do in competition and then performed some of the greatest moments in the history of sports. Jordan would see the ball go in the hoop so many times that he didn’t feel pressure during the big moments. Arnold hit poses onstage so well and won so many times because his mind and muscles were united on how to appear as powerful and ripped as possible. Their confidence grew by seeing what they wanted to do over and over again in their minds that going out and doing it had become a basic physical movement. This isn’t a tactic that is only reserved to the elite. You can use this same strategy right now and see success tomorrow, next week, or whenever your next big event is.
How to Do It
The way a person visualizes success is unique to him or her but this plan can help you until you master your own way to practice it. Go to a room or quiet area where there are no electronics, people, or anything that could distract you. Get into a relaxed position – seated, standing, lying on the floor or a couch. Relax every muscle in your body and take deep breaths. Close your eyes and picture yourself at your event. You should feel the sweat on your body; see the arena or platform you will be at during your event. You’re at the place and final moments of the game in your mind right now. The opponents are in front of you and the time to act is right now.
Create how you want things to play out in your mind. You’re running the play to perfection and at the finish, you win. Feel that joy just like you would if you had just done it physically. Repeat this thought process a few times over the day before the game. Do it again the morning of the game. The end result will be the brain simply sending the appropriate messages throughout your body and the body simply taking the actions you rehearsed repeatedly. The result should be higher confidence as you go into the big event and greater success as you progress.
About the Author
Roger “ROCK” Lockridge is a writer whose work has been seen all over the world. He is most known as a writer for Iron Man Magazine and Bodybuilding.com. In 2009, he was named Bodybuilding.com Male Writer of the Year which along with the Female award is the highest award for writers in the bodybuilding/fitness world.
Roger is also known for his work against child abuse and domestic violence and he was featured as a part of the domestic violence documentary “30” as the only child survivor and the only male survivor in the film.