Mental Moment-imagine getting what you want

Psychoneuromuscular theory states that through the use of imagery an athlete imagines movements/scenarios/situations without performing them but it’s as if they were performing them because similar impulses occur in the brain and in the muscles.

What: by recreating a peak, positive experience you have had or creating a positive experience you have not had (role model/icon in the sport).

How: through vividness (senses), self awareness (thoughts & feelings), & controllability (quick recall).

Why (use imagery): learn something new, error correction, relax, focus, confidence, injury recovery, etc.

Combined with physical practice imagery produces peak results.

Happy Weekend!

Dr. Michelle

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Dr. Michelle

Five-time bestselling author, Dr. Michelle Cleere holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a M.A. in Sport Psychology and a certificate in Eating Disorders. Her passion is unlocking the power of the mind so that athletes, musician, leaders and other performers have the confidence to perform at their peak.

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Rita Hailey - May 22, 2012 Reply

I find this fascinating because I have always been interested in sports psychology and specifically the area of guided imagery. I have always wanted to know more about it. Good article.

    Dr. Michelle - May 23, 2012 Reply

    Hey Rita. Thanks for your comment. Imagery is fascinating and it works! It’s an amazing tool for development and growth in just about any area of life.

    I have several other blogs here about imagery but let me know what questions you have and I’ll answer them for you! 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Michelle

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