31 Days - Visualize - January 20
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Today, Spark encourages us to:
Visualize. Sit comfortably, breathing deeply, with your eyes closed. Envision yourself reaching that goal. How has your life changed? How does it feel to accomplish it? Picture all the steps you took to
reach that point and believe in yourself.
This reminds me a bit of self-hypnosis, the only difference being that when you do self-hypnosis you actually visualize some scene unrelated to the reason you are going under hypnosis (the ocean, a beautiful sunset over a lake). But I like the idea of visualizing, because it gives you a few minutes to sit and meditate on your goals and your progress, and that is never a bad thing. Athletes are taught to visualize all the time, to picture themselves making a particular move perfectly, with the thought that if they play it through in their minds and they do it right in their minds, that carries over to when they are doing it for real in game situations. (I could launch into a tirade about how I wish the Patriots had visualized shutting up the big mouth Jets last Sunday, but I won't go there..)
I kind of like the idea of treating this process like an athletic event. I love sports and would love nothing more than being in shape well enough to actually play them competitively. If you feel the same way, here's an idea I've been toying with... I would love to play softball competitively again. There are two things that stand in the way of that, time being one, but even bigger than time is the fact that I would need to get myself into better shape than I am now. There is an older woman's softball league here in my area, and they play in the fall. I've been thinking a lot about getting my hands on a baseball training regimen (one of little T's teammate's father is a strength and conditioning coach for the Red Sox, so it's not like that would be at all difficult to do!) and following it and using it as a means to get myself into "playing shape," with the goal being to be able to put myself out there to play next fall.. It sounds pretty exciting, doesn't it? In fact, the more I think about it, the more I like it.. That darn time issue is still out there, but I think maybe I'll play a little Scarlett O'Hara with myself and say, "I'll worry about that tomorrow.."
I once said that when I start writing a blog, I never, ever know where I'm going to end up. Today is a perfect example of those words. No way in the world did I ever think a blog about visualization would become a training plan..but I think perhaps it might.. Hmmm..
Have a Sparky day my friends!!