,About 15 years ago I had an eye-opening experience that introduced me to the powers of visualization when I had the opportunity to hear Olympian Marilyn King speak at the organization I was working for at the time.
I also had the pleasure of interviewing Marilyn in February of 2015. With Olympic fever upon us, this is a great time to once again share the wisdom I gained from that interview with you over the next few weeks. But first, let me share her story.
Marilyn King competed in the women's pentathlon, which was a grueling all-around track and field competition. She is a two-time Olympic athlete and has many accolades to her name including national titles and a world record.
Her most amazing feat, in my opinion, came when she was preparing for the 1980 Olympics. During the summer of 1979 she was in an automobile accident. As a result of this she was bed-ridden for most of the four months leading up to the U.S. Olympic trials. Most people would have given up at this point and set their sights on the 1984 Olympics, but not Marilyn. Instead she drastically changed her training plans.
While stuck on the couch, Marilyn's training consisted of watching films of successful pentathletes. Visualizing herself in very vivid detail going through each of the events. Although she could not physically train, she could use the amazing power of the mind-body connection.
Finally, about a week before the trials she was able to physically practice the events.
So here is Marilyn, at the trials, competing against some of the greatest athletes in the world for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, having really only used the technique of visualization to train. The results - Marilyn King placed an amazing second to make the U.S. Olympic Team!
For more information on Marilyn King check out her website - http://www.waybeyondsports.com/
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance