The power of the mind. Coach Weber touched on this at the start of the month, if you haven't had a chance to take a look at his work, scroll down and check out "Mind Games". Try this visualization exercise before your next sporting event.
Step 1. Find a quiet place to relax or put on your head phones so that you can't be interrupted. (Hold off on the heavy metal and techno for now. Everyone should have a chill playlist) My go to was reggae believe it or not.
Step 2. Get comfortable. Lie down on the floor or curl up in your bus seat. You need to be able to let your body totally relax, so the less energy you are spending on maintaining your balance the better.
Step 3. Close your eyes and start to monitor your breathing. Take big inhales and exhales to try and get yourself into a relaxed state. This might take a few minutes.
Step 4. While you are controlling your breathing, visualize yourself right before the game starts. What are you doing? The more detailed you are the better. I used to see myself listening to the national anthem because that was going to happen every night, the more habitual you are with it, the better. From there, I saw myself taking my warm up ground balls and re-creating the first inning in my brain.
You see, now that I lived this moment in my mind, it wasn't new to me. I was sure of myself that I would field the ground ball and make a good throw because I had done it before in my head. I found that the more detailed I was at visualizing my first moments of the game, the better I performed.
It wasn't my physical attributes that were effecting my sub-par play, it was the feeling of never have been there before. Now that I lived it in my head, my physical self was in a better place.
So please, before your next sporting event, take 15 minutes to visualize your successes on the field. You will be surprised as to how much more prepared you are. #ttp