The formation of a mental image. Visualisation techniques can help with:
- Motivating & inspiring
- Boosting confidence
- Improving performance
- Increasing focus
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Reducing depression
Visualising yourself in a successful situation can formulate positive feelings, especially when you’re suffering from imposter syndrome or feeling worthless - like you’re not going to achieve what you’re aiming for.
I use visualisation to ease my anxious thoughts and send stress flying away by visualising a positive outcome to a situation
I use it to push myself harder during training by visualising my success. It helps me mentally and physically stay stronger and push further.
My Headspace app tells me that:
“Visualisation gained popularity in the 1980s when the Russians began using the technique to excel in sports following the 1984 Olympics.”
Sounds like something I can get on board with…🤔
What I see
When I’m out running, pushing myself to my limits, and I feel like I can’t go on, I visualise.
I blast the Superman theme in my headphones, listening to the final refrain, as it goes up an octave, I know I can push on to a sprint finish.
I visualise. I see an aerial view of myself, running down the coast of the Big Island, the sun shining and wind across the North Pacific ocean hitting me, all the way down Aliʻi Drive. I know I’ll get there. (If you know, you know. If you don’t there’s Google)
I see myself at the end of a marathon race - after my sprint finish, overtaking people left and right as I always do, the commentator cheering and the crowd roaring as I cross the line in tears - the only emotion I’ve let on throughout the entire race.
When I’m stressed I imagine throwing myself out of a plane, freefalling, tumbling, somersaulting, and flying through the air in that spreadeagled position until the very last second when I pull the parachute cord. I can almost feel the sensations. I feel the pride in relying on only myself to perform this feat.
I see myself at the top of one of the highest mountains on our planet, a successful summit after days or weeks of climbing. Snow all around me, below me nothing but clouds. I remember what that feels like, and I visualise myself doing it again.🙌🏻
What do you seek?
Is it your first race? Your fastest or furthest run? Do you want to stand atop the highest mountains or dive the deepest oceans?
Visualise yourself having already achieved these goals, or do what I do - see yourself in the midst of achieving them, the act of crossing that finish line, feel the emotions you’ll feel when you do it for real. This will help you achieve.
What do you see?