I recently read a great book called The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. In the book Coyle writes…
“The talent code is built on revolutionary scientific discoveries involving a neural insulator called myelin, which some neurologists now consider to be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Here’s why. Every human skill, whether it’s playing baseball or playing Bach, is created by chains of fibers carrying a tiny electrical impulse – basically, a signal traveling through a circuit. Myelin’s vital role is to wrap those nerve fibers the same way that rubber insulation wraps a copper wire, making the signal stronger and faster by preventing the electrical impulses from leaking out. When we fire our circuits in the right way-when we practice swinging that bat or playing that note-our myelin responds by wrapping layers of insulation around that neural circuit, each new layer adding a bit more skill and speed. The thicker the myelin gets, the better it insulates, and the faster and more accurate our movements and thoughts become.”
Well, if this happens when we actually perform a skill, what happens when we visualize completing that same skill? Studies dating back to the 1930s showed that when an individual imagines an action their brain sends signals to their muscles – subtle signals, too weak to make the muscles contract, but the same signals as when that person actually performs the act.
So visualization allows an individual to activate those electrical signals and add myelin to that circuit anytime, anywhere, even when physically tired after a long practice of actually performing the task.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder & President
Smart Health, Wellness, & Performance, Inc.