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Can Virtual Rehearsal Enhance Athletic Performance August 18, 2010

Filed under: Health,Sport — Kazi @ 1:57 pm
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Athletic performance can actually be improved using the interaction between the mind and the body. That mind-body connection has giving athletes positive, reproducible results for over 20 years. If we consider Asian martial artist, we can increase this number to some hundreds of years. The only barrier in the way of the athlete is learning the process that improves athletic performance by enabling the mind-body connection.

Studies have shown that learning new behaviors are more easily achieved when we practice them first in our minds. Learning the guitar is done more easily when we practice the cords in our minds. Using visualization to ‘see’ the placement of each finger on the guitar over and over again decreases the learning curve to play the guitar.

Our minds function as a studio in which we rehearse our lines, movements and emotional content before the actual scheduled performance. For instance, athletic performance increases when the athlete visualizes the specific event in their minds several times before the actual event. World-class runners have been doing this for years. They spend a couple of days visualizing each step they will take over the route. They see landmarks, hills and they feel their breathing patterns for each part of the course.

The entire experience is accounted for in the mental rehearsal. Athletic performance will improve when they also visualize how they’ll take each water stop, and if they’ll eat food during longer distance races. Nothing is left to chance and no detail is too small. Once the brain has been over the race and believes the body will feel great the athlete has a significant advantage over their opponents.

This works because as we visualize we are creating, arranging and rearranging neural interactions in the brain that later tell the body what to do since it has already happened. Executives use this technique to visualize their performance in major meetings; wealthy people mentally experience the execution of goal strategies and their outcomes. The key is to not just do positive thinking but actually experience the desired outcome in virtual reality, as if it was the here and now.

Leave a comment below with suggestions of ways virtual performance can assist us in our health and fitness pursuits.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen“(Heb.11:1)


Doubt is a Disease May 7, 2010

Filed under: Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 11:33 am
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Doubt is the killer of dreams
Doubt is the blocker of memes

Doubt is the darkness at the end of the tunnel
Doubt is narrow end of the funnel

Doubt is losing before you fight
Doubt is overestimating others might

Doubt is the end of possibilities
Doubt is the mentor of false humility

Doubt is the sibling of fear
Doubts the glass ceiling on your career

Doubt is chairman of the inner committee
Doubt is the worship of non-doubters like Diddy

Doubt is wasting time on what if’s
Doubt is the squandering of your gifts

Doubt is the promoter of disease
Doubt is the forest for the trees

Doubt is knocking on wide open doors
Doubt is dining on scraps from the floor

Doubt is belief in your enemies magic
Doubt is repeating a story that’s tragic

Doubt is the bird in the hand
Doubt is the line in the sand

Doubt is never having to say I Love Me
Doubt is always thinking What Could Be

Doubt is feeling the pain before the punch
Doubt is the desert after the free lunch

Doubt is saying sorry for being abused
Doubt is the magnet for being used

Doubt is not flapping your wings
Doubt is not taking a swing
Doubt is not daring to sing

Doubt is 1/4 of a smile
Doubt is quitting 1/4 inch before a mile

Doubt is in the eye of the controller
Doubt is the urge to roll over

Doubt is the enemy of success
Doubt is the need to impress

Doubt is the fear of Know(ing) the Ledge
Doubt is the clinging to the edge

Doubt is the inability to Let Go(d)
Doubt is not going for what you know

No Doubt!


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