Last week I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing the individual who first introduced me to the concept of visualization over 15 years ago – Olympian Marilyn King. Her story, which I wrote about in the last blog post, is amazing.
Marilyn and I spoke via Skype for over an hour. I took away so many great lessons and ideas that I will share with you over the next several weeks.
During our conversation Marilyn stressed the importance of having confidence that what you are visualizing is going to happen. She said to choose a consistent thought and go with that thought. Have confidence it is real, have it be “where you live from,” and it will happen.
This confidence and consistent thinking will lead to new behaviors which will help you to achieve the vision you have set. For instance, when she was training to make her first Olympic Team her consistent thought was, “I can make the Olympic Team.” By keeping that thought in her mind her choices and behaviors reinforced it. As an example, when she was invited to keg parties in which she could have gone out, drank, and stayed up all night, she chose not to because those actions were not consistent with the “I can make the Olympic Team” thought. What was consistent with that statement was getting to bed early to get the rest she needed so she would be well rested and prepared for practice the next morning.
Marilyn also stressed how the words you vocalize must be consistent with your vision. The story she told me about this was her trip to see the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Up until that point she had not been to the Olympics since she competed, due to her busy schedule and a lack of money. The 2008 Olympics in China was one she really wanted to attend though. Yet it was very expensive. Of course, being an Olympian Marilyn is frequently asked if she will be attending the upcoming Olympics. When people would ask her if she was attending the Beijing Olympics she could have said, “Unfortunately I don’t have the money right now.” Yet verbalizing this would not be consistent with her goal to go to the Olympics. It would be destroying her confidence that she was going to attend. Instead, when asked if she was going, she would respond, “I really want to go, I just haven’t been invited yet.” Sure enough, this response led to an invitation to travel to the Olympics with the Young Presidents Organization in which the YPO provided her with airfare, hotel, and a $5,000 stipend!
This week, make an extra special effort to apply the advice of Olympian Marilyn King. Have confidence in your vision and keep your thoughts, words, and actions consistent with that vision.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,