Living joyfully entails living up to our highest potential. Setting goals that stretch us out of our comfort zone help us find new opportunities and therefore, greater fulfillment in life. Yet, actually reaching goals is often a source of struggle. We can try and try yet sometimes we can’t seem to breakthrough to the next level. A scientific process called Mental Imagery Training can be the missing key to reaching your highest potential. World class athletes like Michael Jordan and Lindsey Vonn have used it. Furthermore, world-class celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Jim Carrey credit mental imagery training as a key to their overwhelming success.
What is Mental Imagery Training?
Mental imagery training is a super-charged practice of visualization. It’s a multi-sensory activity that goes way beyond visualization. Mental imagery isn’t just a mental experience that occurs in your head. It impacts you psychologically, emotionally, physically and strategically.
Dr. Steve Bull, the “Game Plan Coach” says that the success of mental imagery is due to employing multiple senses. The more imaginative you are the better. World class athletes see, feel, hear, smell and taste their performance. Lindsey Vonn, one of the most successful female skiers in history, says her mental practice gives her a competitive advantage on the course and helped her win gold medals.
Sports psychologist Dr. Richard Suinn found that multi-sensory rehearsal actually triggers neural firings in the muscles. Hence, you create a mental blueprint that can ultimately facilitate your performance. Suinn scientifically proved that skiers who used mental imagery training without getting on to the slopes, fired electrical impulses and produced muscle patterns almost identical to those found when the skiers actually hit the slopes
With this in mind, anyone can benefit from mental imagery training. For example, if you want to prepare for an important boardroom meeting, a speaking presentation or a first date mental imagery will help. If you visualize a presentation or a date in detail, you can prepare. You can imagine everything from your best posture and body language to how you will handle feelings of anxiety to your response to the awkward questions that might be asked. By the time you get there you will feel more confident.
Tips for the Best Quality of Mental Imaging
- Imagine yourself two different ways. First, see yourself from the inside looking out. Second, see yourself as if you were in a video. In other words, from the outside looking at you. Research shows that both are equally effective however they’re best used together.
- The more details the better. Essentials are using sights, sounds, smells, touch, taste and emotions.
- Start by seeing your experience in slow motion, paying attention to details, then you speed it up as you become more familiar with it.
- Imagery sessions should be done 3 to 4 times a week (not every day or you may risk getting burned out by it).
- Find a quiet and comfortable place and devote 10 minutes to your practice.
- You can go one step further by writing down your exercises and results.
Conclusion: You can overcome whatever is holding you back using Mental Imagery Training and more. I can help! Just contact me at 512-922-4822 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.