Ever since I was young, I always had a fascination with self improvement and personal development.
I read all sorts of books from the guru’s of the day and most stressed the concept of positive thinking and how a single thought or idea could changed a person’s life completely.
This concept while still a basic pillar of self-improvement has seemed to of fallen off somewhat to the wayside.
Like any study or discipline sometimes the basics can get lost in the search for more esoteric ideals and techniques.
The goal of positive thinking is picturing or visualizing in your mind a desired result.
Visualization is crucial to positive thinking in the sense that we need to think as if we are already achieving what we have as an end goal.
How does this apply to our health or fitness pursuits?
I always had some functional strength goals, one being to perform weighted dips with a weight that exceeded my body weight by 10-15 pounds for a solid single rep.
In my mind I pictured the dip station, the plates, the gym.
I pictured how I would approach the station.
I pictured and “felt” what a heavy load like that would feel like hanging from my lifting belt, the gravity pulling me downward.
Over and over in my mind I saw myself muscling out that rep, the grind, the push, everything I got.
I strapped on 160 pounds, took a breath and proceeded.
And then it happened.
I’m convinced that utilizing mental visualization helped me achieve that milestone.
How can you apply visualization to your own training to accomplish your goals?