I will never forget the most incredible and moving musical performance I have ever had the opportunity to experience. It was a sunny summer day over 20 years ago at Ravinia in Highland Park, IL. On this day I had the pleasure of hearing the brilliant violinist, Itzhak Perlman, perform. From the moment the concert began I sat in awe, almost in a trance, listening to the beauty of the music. People around me were enthralled by the amazing performance - some smiled widely, some cried, and many stared with their mouths open as they listened to the greatest violinist who has ever lived.
A few years ago I was reading a book that explained the disciplined regimen Itzhak Perlman goes through each and every day to consistently perform at such a masterful level. This regimen consists of many things you would expect, such as lots and lots of practice. But it also includes one other less obvious act. Forty-five minutes before Itzhak Perlman steps onto stage to inspire every member of his audience you will find him behind a locked door with a security guard in front of it. What is he doing alone in that room? He is visualizing himself performing brilliantly.
How do some of the best become the greatest who ever lived? Discipline, hard work, lots of practice and - visualization.
What tasks do you need to perform well this week at work or in your personal life? Take some time to visualize yourself succeeding at them the evening before and see what amazing results await.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance
If you are interested is learning more about how to practice visualization join us this coming Tuesday for the Meditations for Life class or sign up for the Dear Stress: It's Not You, It's Me Workshop in July.