Visualization


The following article was written by my awesome wife, Jennifer…enjoy!

My son is a sports fanatic. He will be in a sport he doesn’t really care for just because he knows it will keep him in shape or strengthen his muscles so that he can play his favorite sports more effectively. He does have some natural athletic ability but he also has a hunger to learn and improve his skills and the discipline to practice the basics.

He was so excited this past summer because he earned a spot as a pitcher on his baseball team. He had a big responsibility and he took it seriously. At his first game, he couldn’t wait to get out there and show what he could do. However, it didn’t go as he had expected. With each bad pitch his attitude and belief in himself was dropping very quickly. When they came off the field I could see he was disheartened. I had to do something about it. Fortunately, because of being associated with LIFE/TEAM, I had learned some principles about visualizing that could help him. So I pulled him out of the dug out to talk with him.

First, I had to build his belief back up. We talked about a strike he pitched during warm up. I had him close his eyes and picture in his mind that perfect pitch. Picture the target. How’s your stance? Now, you’re winding up to throw the ball, what does it feel like, when do you let go? What are your eyes focused on? He visualized that pitch in his mind several times. He got a renewed belief that he could throw that perfect pitch again.

Then we had to talk about attitude. You may not be able to throw a perfect pitch every time and that’s okay. Each pitch is a chance to start over. It doesn’t matter what happened in the last pitch. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and visualize that perfect pitch again. Then pitch.

The second inning began and I watched him confidently walk up to the pitcher’s mound. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, visualized and pitched. STRIKE 1, STRIKE 2, STRIKE 3. After each strike he looked at me with a big smile. He ended up getting 3 strikeouts in a row that inning. Next inning he started having trouble again. So he closed his eyes, took a deep breath, visualized, and pitched. With each bad pitch he was able to re-focus and not get discouraged. I was so proud of him. It was so empowering for him to learn that he has the ability to control his attitude and beliefs by visualizing the desired outcome ahead of time. He has learned to use that principle now in other areas of his life as well.

Athletes have been using the visualizing technique for decades. We have a dear family member that followed the team roping circuit for close to 30 years. He was a heeler and before every event he would sit quietly, close his eyes and visualize successfully roping the steer’s hind leg in record time. When asked, he will be the first to tell you it is because of visualizing that he had so much success.

Visualizing doesn’t just work for athletes, it will work for anyone in any area of life where you want different results. Bill Lewis did an incredible blog article titled “Visualize the Change You Want”. I highly recommend that you read it if you want more ways on how you can use the power of visualization to improve your life.

God bless,

Jennifer Blomdahl

13 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Eric and Jen: Being a parent is the most wonderful gift that you can receive, however being a parent or grandparent who is able to be present at those TEACHABLE MOMENTS is priceless. The LLR CD by Dr. Robert Rohm “Intro to DISC” is an awesome Teaching Aid for us all.
    Don and Jan Fallis

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  2. Posted by Lisa Mangold on November 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Wonderful article Jen! What a great example of parenting using the principles learned from the LIFE program. Can you imagine the difference in our culture when more parents know how to guide their children through common life experiences with such wisdom and grace! Thanks for also reminding us how important it is to visualize the result of what we are trying to achieve in any area of life. Powerful concept!

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  3. Posted by Tim Samuels on November 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the great articular Jen.

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  4. Posted by Tammy Maney on November 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Jen, thankyou for sharing this great example of visualization with us! I remember the 1st time i heard this principal and it sounds soo crazy…but its true. “believe and you will achieve and see yourself and others as we all can be. Carson is blessed to have a mom who understands and teaches these Life principals to him. I agree with Lisa, imagine the world if all parents thought this way…I thank God every day that we have the Life information to guide us and help lead others to it.

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  5. Posted by Chad Sutkay on November 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Great post Jen! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks for sharing! We often underestimate the reach and power of the principles taught through the LIFE system. They can be applied anywhere…by anyone.

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  7. Posted by Mary Hermsen on December 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Jen,

    What a wonderful application of all you’ve learned. You must have been so proud to see your son out there using the techniques you taught him. He’s a very lucky boy to have you for his mother!

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