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Visualisation

The secret weapon we all have but might not be using
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I try to visualise that perfect match
Jordan Burroughs
Wrestling (USA)
London 2012 Gold Medallist
Visualisation is a technique in which you use your imagination to picture challenges ahead of you to help you actually achieve them in real life.

And this technique could be the key to unlocking your full potential!
Use your mind's eye. Picture the outcome you want to see. That’s what the world’s best athletes do to focus before a competition.

Visualisation helps top athletes to focus on the outcome in order to succeed. Indeed, many world class Olympians cite the technique as one of the most powerful weapons in their arsenal…
Just 10 minutes can be enough to see positive effects, but the more we visualise, and the closer we do it to a big event, the more powerful it becomes.
And that doesn’t just apply to aiming to win Olympic Gold, it could be a job interview, a driving test or even a first date!
While visualisation and imagery might be a skill used by elite athletes, and trained by professional sports psychologists, it is surprisingly easy to do.
In fact, you might find you are visualising like an Olympian already! Try this brain training challenge to see whether you’re already a visualisation and imaging master…
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In the game above you were asked to imagine a picture rotating, which might seem like a simple skill, but is actually very useful for visualisation.
Our ability to manipulate images does not just improve technical skills but also helps top Olympians work out how strategies might play out in a competition. Superstar athletes know how to generate an image, manipulate it and control it.

As you might have seen, this mind-spinning ability can be difficult to do first time. Like any physical skill, if you practice it, you will get better at it.
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You could grow your business better just by visualising where you want to be
Thomas Rohler
Javelin (GER)
Rio 2016 Gold Medallist
Just thinking about an action fires a signal from our brain to our muscles. Our muscles don’t necessarily act on those signals, but the pathway from the brain to the muscles is strengthened as a result. This means visualising a perfect jump, stroke or swing will make that move easier for you to do in the future.

So, while you might not feel instantly less nervous or anxious, keep at it following this four-step process.

Four steps to developing your imaging technique

Four steps to developing your imaging technique
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Start in a comfortable setting you know well
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Move your mind to preparation mode (e.g. training, revising or rehearsing) and think of the actions you’ll take
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Picture the task at hand and work your way through it in your mind
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Picture your success and yourself celebrating
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Preparation is key. “If we can have those last thoughts be those productive, powerful, strengthening thoughts then it increases the likelihood of success,” says mental performance coach Nicole Detling.
“The more scenarios you go through throughout the course of your career the more ready you are for any situation that happens.”