Tuesday, August 13, 2013
How important is visualization to success at sailboat racing?
Can you "think" yourself into being a better sailor?
If you took a few minutes each day to use the power of mental visualization to improve your racing performance, what should you imagine yourself doing?
Should you create a mental picture of yourself crossing the finish line in first place?
Could you believe yourself if you did that?
Would it actually do any good?
Or should you visualize yourself making a small improvement?
Imagine yourself beating that guy who always just beats you?
Finishing a couple of places higher than you usually do?
Or are you wasting your time trying to visualize outcomes?
Should you focus instead on how you sail?
Visualize pulling the trigger on the start line a second earlier than you do now.
Visualize yourself hiking with straight legs all the way up the beat.
Visualize the smoothness of your roll tacks.
Would that work any better?
When is the best time to use visualization?
Before you go to sleep?
Driving to the regatta?
Before every race?
All of the above?
And how do you go about visualizing?
Do you literally "see" what you want?
Or is it more about "feeling" it?
Do you focus on your emotions in the situation you are visualizing?
Or do you talk to yourself?
Does music help?
What about you?
Do you use visualization?
Does it work?
What can you teach me?
Posted by Tillerman at 12:04 PM