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TUESDAY TIP: Visualize Yourself to the Next Level

by Pickleball Superstore February 07, 2023

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”I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.” — Michael Jordan



Visualizing "success" can lead to an abundance of self-confidence and motivation, both key players in developing a growth mindset. Tuesday's Tip encourages you to utilize the power of visualization through the use of imagination – allowing you to take your game and life performance up a notch! 

By using the power of your imagination, you can increase your self-confidence (which is faith in your own abilities) simply by repeatedly visualizing yourself as successful. It helps you overcome fear, anxiety, a missed shot, or a loss. Visualization also helps motivate you to reach your desired outcome and stay motivated during sports performance training. Michael Jordan said, ‘I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.” Yet, he saw beyond the "failures" and became one of the greatest of all times.

Why does Visualization work?

Our minds are fundamentally programmable, and visualization is an effective tool to unlock our inner potential by rewriting the code. By visualizing a life of success, greater happiness or newfound insight we can reprogramme ourselves for positive change - both on conscious and unconscious levels. We may not be able to control all aspects of reality but with visualization it's possible to take charge of what happens in our own heads!

If you are unsure if your brain knows the difference between what is real or not, put on a virtual headset, stand up, and ride a virtual roller coaster. How does your body feel?

So, Here is a quick breakdown of the visualizing steps. In essence, visualization is consciously controlling the images or directing an athletic (or any) script in your head.

  1. Imagine the outcome you want. Visualization is consciously controlling the images or directing an athletic (or any) script in your head. Create a clear mental image of yourself performing the skill, exercise, or match successfully and breaking it down into smaller parts, if necessary.
  2. Create a scene using all 5 senses in your imagination. What do you hear, see, feel, taste, and smell when you execute a skill or after a match? Additionally, focus on the feeling of success and confidence after each successful execution.
  3. Practice visualization regularly, as with any other form of training. You can use your own mental script or find guided scripts that are tailored to your sport and goals. You can visualize the scene while you are brushing your teeth, in the shower, or driving to work. Put your scene to your favorite music. You can also play a scene in your head as you are drifting off to sleep. Guided imagery can be used before, during, and/or after training sessions to help increase focus, confidence, and performance.

Visualizing your goals can help you unlock potential and increase confidence. Believe that success is already achieved, stay motivated, and never give up on yourself when achieving sports-related targets - no matter what happens! As Billie Jean King once said, “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

So, if you're looking for a bit of an edge when it comes to sports performance, self-confidence, and motivation, give visualization or imagery a try!



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