Visualize Yourself Winning, and You're Halfway There

Sport psychologist and STACK Expert Dr. Rob Bell shares advice on visualization, one of the best ways to prepare mentally before a game.


Today's elite professional athletes are the best of the best. Despite the many differences between the kid next door and elite professional athletes, the mental game can be the same for anyone.

Visualization is one of the simplest aspects of the mental game. The process of visualization can benefit your game in a few ways. First, it allows you to concentrate on the task at hand. Second, it can help calm your nerves in the moment. Third, and probably most beneficial, it can help you refocus after an error or bad play.

So when should we visualize? The easiest place to start is during your pre-performance routine. Use this time to picture the perfect outcome of what is about to happen. You shouldn't just see the outcome but also feel and experience your performance in that moment to achieve it. Use that vision of yourself succeeding to build confidence as you move forward.

Visualization can help improve your mental game, and it's simple. Now it's up to you to give it a shot.

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