Believe it or not, visualization works and positive goal imagery creates a “competitive drive”. Top athletes do it to improve performance.
Brain studies have revealed that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, and prime your brain for success – all relevant to achieving your best performance.
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals incorporates “mental imagery” into his pre-game routine.
As goalie coaches we continually try to find different ways to help develop a goalies mind performance on and off the ice. I came across this tip that was used in a recent business seminar to motivate a sales force and thought it could be adapted within our goalie world. Again using the method of mental imagery, create yourself a “VISION BOARD”. Its one thing to simply go to practice or schedule a training session, but its another level to be “mind-set ready” to learn and compete.
Here is what I mean. A Vision board?, It’s simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on what will drive you, the more it will come to life.
Q: What should I put on my vision board?
A: Anything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of this vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, think about what your goals are in the following areas: personal growth goals, education goals, team goals, sports goals including spirituality. There are no rules
As an example here are some ideas that may be included in your VISION BOARD
NHL logo- long term goal
Team logo- a team that you want to play for, amateur or professional
Quotes that inspire you
School logo, you would like to get accepted too.
Family- your influence
Training image- a goalie that motivates you
Big goalie save- I can do that
Super hero- you’re a force
To help create your vision board I have found a free app that can be downloaded via your app store; search SUCCESS VISION BOARD. Once you create it you can save it to your phone screen saver that way it will continually be top-of-mind.
This simple exercise can be used by goalies of all ages (Peewee –NHL) get inspired!
Hope this helps,