Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do: MIND-SET-READY!

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