Studies have shown that working out your body is just the first part of preparing for competition. Visualization can be a powerful tool.
I am a Crossfitter how do these words pertain to me??
Do you do Crossfit to be better? Better at what? Life? Well then you cannot afford to neglect your mind. You train your body to peak performance you tune your meals to paleo perfection….and your head, that inner critic, the habit generator- what consideration do you give it?
The mind is like a wild horse- fed by programming picked up from childhood to present, media, and beliefs handed down from generations just to name a few. It will continue to run wild and gather speed in whatever direction you lead it or however you choose to feed it.
Think back to patterns you were taught as a child, nursery rhymes that you may not have recited in decades but if you want to recall them you can instantly, try the pledge of allegiance if you find yourself stuck. So what does that say about negative beliefs may have had about yourself or limiting beliefs? I don’t have natural talent, I’m just not the popular kid, money is hard to come by, and if I shine too bright people will think I am boastful. What if I fail? What if I succeed? The limiting beliefs and fears are all food for the mind and there’s thousands of snacking opportunities around us everyday and many of them you are participating in without even knowing it. Marketing gurus spend millions annually to know how to subconsciously program your beliefs and thoughts. It’s like environmental pollution only its mental pollution and if you don’t make an effort to eradicate it -it can affect you in just as powerful a way of not caring about the food you put in your body or the quality of the air you breath.
So how do you tame the wild horse? How do you regain the reigns? How do you reclaim your power your potential and ensure you are truly the one holding the reigns- not old beliefs or societal paradigms created to control your choices. Visualization, mindfulness, meditation. You feel into the reality you want to achieve – you see it, you become an active participant in the food your feed your mind. The same way you participate in how you train your body and fuel it.
Visualization, mindfulness, and meditation have a lot of overlap. I use visualization to refer to a particular method of programming new beliefs, creating peak performance and inducing relaxation. It’s usually 7-10 minutes of focus work to program the subconscious in a positive and directed way to achieve a desired outcome or result. Mindfulness is simply awareness. To become mindful of what you are thinking on a daily basis- I usually equate it to being present to life and breathing. It’s a practice and can be incorporated into your daily life by bringing simple awareness to how you interact with people and activities. Where is your head? Are you here or in yesterday or tomorrow? What’s your breath like is it shallow constrained or long and full? Stop a few times a day and train the horse to stop, be present and to take even balanced breaths. Soon that’s what the mind will do more of, naturally. Meditation is a focused period of time set aside daily to provide time to observe your thoughts, emotions and physicality. Where are you? Where do you want to be and can you handle just being? Sit there for 5 minutes and just breath see what comes up and focus on being non attached and non judgmental.