NYC 62: 4.17.13 Education – Mental Training Is Important

Close your eyes.

Imagine your goal.

Now imagine reaching that goal.

Harvey Mackay tells about a study where Russian scientists compared four groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their physical and mental training ratios:

  • Group 1 received 100% physical training.
  • Group 2 received 75% physical training and 25% mental training.
  • Group 3 received 50% mental training and 50% physical training.
  • Group 4 received 75% mental training with 25% physical training.

Unbelievably group 4 had the best performance results, indicating that mental training or visualization can have significant measurable effects on biological performance. 

For many years Russian gymnasts were kicking our buts in the Olympic Games.  The Americans trained just as hard, but they couldn’t compete with the near flawless Russians.  It wasn’t until many years later that the Americans and others discovered that the Russians used sports psychologists to help with mental training techniques.  They spent a few hours each day visualizing their routines with perfect landings, twists and jumps.  Today, most top athletes use the power of visualization to perform at their peak.

Harvey tells us that people who soar refuse to sit back and wait for things to change.  They visualize that they are not quitters.  They will not allow circumstances to keep them down.

History teems with tales of experts who saw that other people’s dreams failed but they succeeded and accomplished their dreams with a can-do attitude.

You may recall the story (which I told you here before) of Michelangelo working with a difficult piece of marble, rejected by other sculptors, but Michelangelo visualized the possibilities in it.  His can-do attitude resulted in one of the world’s masterpieces – his statue of David.

Consider Benjamin Franklin who was admonished to stop his foolish experiments with lighting.  What a waste of time!  It was absurd to think anything could outdo the fabulous oil lamp.  Thank goodness Franklin “saw the light” – and made it happen. 

Are you seeing the light?  Are you visualizing your successful attainment of your Goals?  Open your eyes and make it happen.

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