It has been said that we will fail at the margins of our experience. With such a statement we can draw a couple conclusions:
- Preparation opposes failure.
- Experience is extremely valuable.
- If you find yourself in a situation you haven’t been before, the chances for failure are higher.
This holds true for most folks, whether you’re in the work place or fighting for our freedom overseas. The same is true for those of us that have sport as a career, too. Never given a keynote speech before? The odds are against you on that first one, my friend. How about a marathon runner from Los Angeles who has signed up for an event at altitude in Colorado? She is already set up for more failure than those with altitude training under their belt.
But, what if our goals include things that are beyond the realm of our experience? How can we bridge the gap?
Utilizing visualization is a tool of unmeasurable value. It’s how high performance individuals accomplish incredible feats at margins of their experience. For example, if one hasn’t really “been there before,” but they’ve visualized themselves as such then, in many ways, they have had experience in the situation, albeit a simulation. And through visualization, the gap between experience and one’s ideal reality shrinks.
Kobe Bryant has seen himself winning the 2013 NBA Championship many times over. He’s taken the final shot, too. He’s seen it and it hasn’t happened yet. When he gets the ball with 3 seconds on the clock months from now, however, it won’t be the first time.
You’ve got to see it to believe it. Can you see your future?
1 Deadlift (60% 1 RM)
5 Push Ups
10 KB Swings