Peak performance has several elements for doing your best. Borrowing from athletes could be useful to your career, job performance or your own athletic endeavors. A good place to for you to begin is by examining the elements of mental rehearsal or visual imagery for enhancing your ability to acquire and master new skills. One of the better techniques to utilize for performance is the use of mental or visual imagery. What can mental imagery be used for?
- Familiarize the athlete with a competition site, a race course, a complex play pattern or routine etc.
- Motivate the athlete by recalling images of their goals for that session, or of success in a past competition or beating a competitor in competition
- Perfect skills or skill sequences the athlete is learning or refining
- Reduce negative thoughts by focusing on positive outcomes
- Refocus the athlete when the need arises e.g. if performance is feeling sluggish, imagery of a previous best performance or previous best event focus can help get things back on track
- See success where the athlete sees themselves performing skills correctly and the desired outcomes
- Set the stage for performance with a complete mental run through of the key elements of their performance to set the athlete's desired pre-competition feelings and focus.