"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously.
Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture."
Norman Vincent Peale
Soon we'll all be captivated and inspired by the Summer Olympics in London. How can we learn from these elite athletes? What rituals, strategies and techniques can we incorporate into our own lives to make us champions at our chosen professions?
There's the love of competition, dedication to preparation and making healthy choices that will fuel our bodies for peak performance.
One of the most prevalent practices of all top athletes is visualization. Each time Michael Phelps completes his arduous swim practice, his long-time coach, Bob Bowman, tells him to "go to the video." It is his way of reminding his star performer that he should picture in his mind every stroke, turn and breath that makes him a winner.
Realize how you can harness the power of visualization by mentally rehearsing that dynamic presentation or compelling sales pitch. When it comes to your long-term, bodacious goals, like traveling to Europe or earning an advanced degree, invest some time in picturing the process of getting there so you will be more aware of opportunities and resources that support you.
When you vividly visualize your goals and connect with your powerful, positive emotions, you build your confidence, anticipate and avoid obstacles along the way, and stay motivated to succeed.
"Nothing is impossible," Phelps proclaimed after clinching his record-breaking eighth gold medal. "With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination, and that's something I learned and something that helped me." Commit to seeing like Michael Phelps and strike your own gold.
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To Your Wisdom,
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