This week I will continue to relay some of the great lessons I learned during my mid-February Skype interview with the individual who first introduced me to the concept of visualization over 15 years ago – Olympian Marilyn King.
During this interview I asked Ms. King to describe her visualization technique. Below are some of the key lessons I learned from her response:
- When creating the visualization, she does what she refers to as the gold standard, or ideal imaging, in which she draws or writes out exactly what she wants on a sheet of paper. The more detail of what this image looks like, the better.
- Visualization must incorporate more than just the visual, it must be multi-sensory. For instance, she explained that when she was visualizing for the Olympics she would close her eyes and smell the fresh cut grass on the field as she was about to begin the event in her mind. She would feel her body move and hear the pounding of her feet against the ground as she visualized herself completing one of the events.
- Your visualization practice can be done anywhere. For example, many times just before she was about to physically practice a particular event she would stand at the starting line, close her eyes and practice that event in her mind with a vivid visualization.
- The most effective time to complete a visualization is either right before you fall asleep or right when you wake up in the morning. It is at these times of day that the mind is most willing to accept and imprint the images on the subconscious.
This week I encourage you to incorporate one of the lessons above into your daily visualization practice.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder & President
Smart Health, Wellness, & Performance, Inc.