Soon, the countries around the world will have the chance to see the most elite runners compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Few things in sport are as exciting as watching as the planet’s best athletes compete representing their respective countries. And, if you’re a runner, then one of the activities you’ve should do is visualizing success. As a matter of fact, the power of visualization can help runners, like you, go from new runners to marathoners.
While visualization exercises are an essential aspect of running success, many runners don’t know where to begin. So, we’ll share how you can get started, which only helps you achieve greater heights of success. The reality is that in life—or sport—your attitude and gratitude for what you have in life is vital. Primarily, your mind plays a critical role in motivating you toward your goals. Thus, the following are tips and strategies to help you achieve what you see in your mind and bring it into your real-world existence.
1. The Power of Visualization Begins With Your Goals
To attain all levels of success, including visualization success, you have to get clear about what you want to achieve. For instance, let’s say you’re new to running. Perhaps all you want to do is get more miles or time completed each week. The reality is you can’t manifest into reality what you don’t know. So, think carefully what your short-term and long-term goals. Consequently, this can be discovered by going back to your values and things that make you happy. Meaning, running, and visualizing success comes from getting in tune with what motivates and drives you in life. For instance, would you be happy simply achieving a marathon—if you were the slowest runner that day? That’s a values question with no right or wrong response.
2. Your Runs are Your Mental Movie & There’s Always a Challenge
Once you understand what you want to achieve, the next step is to get started learning the power of visualization. As you start visualization and getting your mind around the challenge you’ve set for yourself, you have to remember that the unexpected is part of running—and life. For instance, running brings pain, but it might also bring with it physical conditions and weaknesses you had no idea you had until you started stress-testing your body. So, as you view the movie of each run in your mind, it’s essential to think of success, but also know challenges are inevitable. Get ready for whatever running brings you, finish lines, miles, but also chafing, foot problems, or cramps. Think about working through those challenges and overcoming them.
3. Give Visualization Exercises Time to Make a Difference
Did you know that visualization exercises will change your brain? Yes, it’s true. Let’s say that for many years you’ve been consumed by negative thoughts. And, you discovered running brings you immense clarity, which is releasing endorphins and making you happier. You can increase the positive vibes and energy through visualization exercises because when you create new neural pathways in your brain. In other words, when you change your thinking, your brain changes in several ways. As reported in this article, neural pathways get created, your mind gets more agile, and you gain mastery over your brain. As a result, when you visualize, your brain changes for the better.
4. See Your Runs in Your Mind’s Eye
One of the visualization exercises you can do is to imagine during your run, as described in this article. When you visualize, you want to bring in all of your senses together—not just sight, but also sound and smell. In other words, what you’re seeking to do is to immerse yourself into the experience of your run. Using the power of visualization, you want to see the trees, the sun in the sky, and the buildings. But, you also want to hear chirping birds and feel your muscles as your feet hit the ground every time. Being totally present in the moment is one of the best ways to clear your mind, but also experience the power of visualization.
Visualizing success in your runs brings with it better runs because you’re “seeing” success, and also the unexpected obstacles. As a result, you prepare yourself for achievement, but also for the inevitable challenges that arise along the way. Finally, runners go through sneakers every 300 to 500 miles. Unfortunately, when the time comes to get rid of the running shoes, often they end up in the trash and landfills. There’s a better way, so take a look at our guide, What to Do with Old Running Shoes: 18 Eco-Friendly Ideas. We also invite you to follow our in-house runners online at @wanderlist_adventures.
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