You know that athletes use visualization to give themselves an edge and calm their nerves before a big competition. (Remember #PhelpsFace from the Olympics?) “When you imagine yourself performing a task, your muscles contract as though you’re actually doing it. The contractions are so small, you can’t feel them, but it’s enough to strengthen your muscle memory,” says Nicole Detling, Ph.D., an assistant professor of kinesiology and sport science at the University of Utah and a sports psychology consultant to Olympic athletes. In other words, when you mentally rehearse a tennis serve or a swimming stroke, you’re essentially doing it physically as well. As evidence: People with wrist casts who visualized moving their immobilized muscles lost half as much strength as those who didn’t imagine exercising, research in the Journal of Neurophysiology found. Read more
By Tom Black
“My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces.” —Wilma Rudolph (four time Olympic gold medalist in track and field)
This week I want to talk about belief. Again and again I see the most successful people in all professions, especially sales, begin with a basic belief that they can achieve success. It seems that what the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
You’ve been there.
Maybe you have unfinished novels scattered across your hard drive, or haven’t picked up your guitar in weeks, or have stopped practicing that new language you so desperately wanted to learn.
Goals are easy to conceptualize. It’s easy to convince yourself that this time it’s different.
But it still doesn’t work.
Why is it so hard to actually achieve the goals we set for ourselves? Why do so many of us fail? Read more