Many people have a sense that it is a good thing but few use mental training to improve performance. Whether it is a physical performance or simply a mental performance such as working or relating to others, training the mind can make all the difference in the world.
Athletes are encouraged to use mental training in preparing to play their particular sport. However the same benefits of mental training for an athlete are very useful for the non-athlete, because non-athletes compete in a different way and state of mind is so important to anything you do.
Elizabeth Aspen wrote over at elephantjournal.com
The mind is like muscle. It can be taught.
Studies show that the highest achieving athletes are those who train not just physically, but mentally as well. So whether we are just starting out or whether we are seasoned athletes, adding mental training to the game can be a great benefit to overall performance.
Before beginning the activity, focus on breathing by taking deep inhalations through the nostrils. This helps bring us into the present moment, while at the same time promoting relaxation. This also helps us feel more centered and therefore, less prone to distraction.
The mind cannot differentiate between imagination and reality. Therefore, spend time every day visualizing the performance desired. Incorporate as many of the senses into this in order to make it as real to the mind as possible. For example, imagine what a perfect run through the moguls sounds like and feels like. See the path that your feet need to follow. Imagine how it feels and how it looks. By engaging the senses in this way, we will have a greater chance of repeating what was visualized when the actual time comes. Also imagining the outcomes of the performance can be beneficial as it creates a feeling of confidence. For example, we can visualize reaching the summit after a long hike or climb.
To read the full article visit http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/11/mental-training-for-athletes–elizabeth-aspen-pseudonym/
This is something everyone can benefit from. How do you use mental training to improve performance?