If you’ve ever wondered how elite athletes perform at the top of their game, you’re in the right place. And guess what…the best news is you can do it too by implementing this technique in your life.
Jumping right in, the top mindset tool elite athletes use that everyone can benefit from is…VISUALIZATION.
Also known as a mental rehearsal or guided imagery, this is a process of imagining various images of what you’d like to experience in a specific moment as well as all the other sensory stimuli (smells, sounds, touch, taste) that go along with the event for you.
Olympians have been using this technique for decades to train their mind as much as they physically train their body.
Imagine you’re in their shoes for a moment. You’re at a peak moment in your athletic career, the whole world is watching, and you’re going up against the absolute best of the best in a climate you’re not familiar with, equipment that is new to you, or a brand new course you haven’t been through before.
YIKES...talk about the performance anxiety that could creep in! This is why mindset training is imperative as a half-second of doubt or questioning could cost them the gold or placing at all.
“The more an athlete can image the entire package, the better it’s going to be,” said Nicole Detling, a sports psychologist with the United States Olympic team.
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