Tip of the Day: Visualisation

According to HP Lovecraft ‘All life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings’.

I have quite an active imagination and do a lot of daydreaming. Well, visualisation, or mental imagery, is kind of like day dreaming, except alot more structured.

It has been shown to be very effective in sport psychology interventions, specifically for improving performance and concentration. The fundamental point of mental imagery, in my opinion, is to create a detailed, in-depth, ‘real’ simulation in your mind of your performance, behaviour or goal. The aim is to get really good at using all your senses to visualise: such as concentrating on the physical aspects (how does it look, sound, feel etc), and the environmental aspects too (the things going on around it). And very importantly, visualisation needs to be positive!

Why not use visualisation to keep you motivated and focused on your goal?