A lot of people have heard of Visualisation, and a lot of people do it, some every day. On the other hand, a lot of people haven’t heard of Visualisation, and therefore aren’t doing it.
But for those who have heard about it, not everyone understands it, especially the importance of it. In this article I want to give you the science behind it so you know how vital it is for your Taekwondo success, and success in any area of your life.
Now, visualisation this isn’t some Woo-Woo stuff, it’s actually scientifically proven to work.
When you visualise, you are actually making connections in your brain, the same is if you did the activity for real. Tests have shown that during visualisation, the neurons in the brain responsible for the muscles that are being used during the visualisation are being fired, much the same is if in real life.
So, when you visualise, you’re firing neurons as if for real. When you fire neurons enough in your brain, those neuron connections get stronger and solidify. It’s like a muscle getting stronger and the signal going from one neuron to the other goes much faster.
What this means is that your reactions get faster – much faster – and you’re basically setting your body and mind on Autopilot when you step in the ring!
The more solid that neuron connection, the better your reactions are.
Now, the problem with physical training is that you get tired. You get physically and mentally tired from all the activity.
The beauty of visualisation is that you can’t get physically tired from it! You may get a slight bit mentally tired from the process, but you can’t get physically tired.
So what this means is that you can accelerate the neuron connections in your brain visualising twice a day (first thing in the morning and last thing at night) as well as doing the physical training itself. Your neuron connections solidify and you’re reactions, movement, technique and overall ability improve immensely in a much quicker time that with normal physical training. It’s definitely a WIN-WIN!
So if you aren’t doing any visualisation, you need to get onto it right now. With constant practice you will master it in a few short weeks.
If you have any questions about visualisation, please feel free to ask in the Comments box below. If you have any comments you’d like to make, please feel free to add them below too. 😉