I am always amazed at the miraculous power of our mind. Most who study the mind agree we habitually use only a small portion of our brain. But with focus and training we can begin to use a greater portion of it. We routinely over-look the miraculous power of our minds and attribute things that happen spontaneously to luck or chance or coincidence. I believe the miraculous power of our mind has much more to do with how our life unfolds than almost anything else.
Recently I read of a study done at a high school. A group of 50 students was divided into two groups. The first group of 25 was given the assignment to practice making free throws at least one hour each day for the next two weeks.
The second group of 25 was told to practice making free throws using their minds only. They were instructed to spend one hour each day sitting quietly with eyes closed, picturing making free throws. They were told to see themselves making every free throw, to hear the swoosh of the net as the ball went through, and to feel the excitement of their successful free throws.
Both groups were tested at the onset to determine their proficiency. Two weeks later the participants were tested again. Results showed both groups improved by the same percentage. It seems our minds do not differentiate between something highly imagined and actual activity. If you want to excel, see yourself excelling.
Try a little experiment with me. Stand up and raise your arms straight out to your sides at shoulder height. Now I want you to keep your arms extended while you twist to see how far you can turn to your right. Make a mental note of how far you turned by noting something in the room to which your fingers are pointing. Return to your original position, take a deep breath, close your eyes and see yourself turning even further than before. Hold that mental picture for just a few seconds. Now, extend your arms and twist again. If you’re like most of us you found that you could easily turn much farther than before.
Visualization and imagination are valuable assets as we travel through life. Whenever you truly want to accomplish something, make sure you put these assets to use. Don’t let doubt and fear stop you. Imagine yourself succeeding. Visualize your success and feel the emotion of your goal’s accomplishment. Go for it!
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’: “Don’t sit on the sidelines of life…get out there, live your dream, and put the miraculous power of your mind to work for you!”