Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is yet another example of a world-class performer who practices the techniques we promote here are Smart Health Wellness and Performance to help him achieve the high goals he has set for himself. A visualization technique was first introduced to him when he was a teenager by his swim coach, Bob Bowman. Charles Duhigg talks about this in his book, The Power of Habit.
Duhigg explains that each day, following practice in the pool, Bowman would tell Phelps to go home and, "Watch the videotape." Phelps was assigned to watch it before he went to bed and when he woke up in the morning.
Yet this wasn't a real recording that he popped in his VCR (or in today's world the DVD player or DVR), it was a mental visualization of the perfect race. Each night and morning Phelps would imagine, in very vivid detail, every stroke, every kick, every turn, every single aspect of that perfect race. He would play this videotape over and over in his head, year after year. This technique is one of the key contributing factors to his astounding achievements as an Olympic athlete.
This week I ask that you go out and record your videotape of the perfect race. This race may be a wonderful day with your spouse and children; a confident, successful presentation you give at work; or a walk in the forest in which you feel perfectly healthy, happy, and fulfilled. Your consistent mental viewing of that videotape will ensure its manifestation at some point in the future.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder & President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance