However, often times when we are told to visualize our opponent or visualize success, we don’t understand how to make it happen and benefit from it.
Let’s walk through a CrossFit weight-lifting example. For me personally, I achieve my PR's (personal records) on lifts when I tie an emotional element to the lift, when I am dealing with really heavy weight.
No longer am I thinking about where my feet are, how I am positioned, or hoping I lift the bar off the ground. Instead, I visualize the scenario:
Someone I care about is trapped under a car or heavy object and I need to get it off of them. Now!
Today I was mentally out of focus and told my training partner that I failed on a dead-lift attempt lift (of less than my previous PR) because I was not able to visualize my scenario and the success of making it happen. He helped me re-focus by drawing this chalk stick-man. Thanks Steve! I ended up successfully dead-lifting 425, a new 2-rep max for me!