If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal. — Zig Ziglar
To summarize: Before deployment, he had been a weekend golfer. While captive, he kept his mind sharp by visually walking through playing 18 holes of golf every day. When released, his golf game had improved drastically. http://www.snopes.com/sports/golf/innergolf.asp
Whether the story is true or a mere legend, in addition to their rigid training programs, many athletes use visualization as a method to help reach their goals. Visualization allows you believe in yourself and keeps your goal in sight.
Take a minute or two, pick a goal (long or short term), close your eyes, and picture what it will be like when you reach the wonderful event. What do you see? What are the sounds / smells? And most importantly, who emotion do you feel?
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