The single most-powerful mental exercise for achieving sports career success is visualization.
This is how Harvey Mackay, author of the classic, best-selling business book, Swim With The Sharks, describes visualization:
“I came to realize that fantasizing, projecting yourself into successful situations, is one of the most powerful means there is to achieve personal goals.”
So, how do you do it? You start with the end in mind.
Ken Kragen, president of Kragen & Company, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected celebrity management firms, calls it:
“Backward thinking for forward motion: create a roadmap to where you want to be by thinking backward.”
In other words, start by creating a vision of yourself in a position of power; a position where you ultimately want to be. Your vision could be the CEO of an international sports marketing firm, General Manager of an MLB team, Sports Agent for NHL players, or an Anchor on ESPN.
Your vision could be anything!
The idea, however, is to create a vision of yourself that’s true to who you are as a person and what you want to become as a professional.
To establish your vision, think in terms of your God-given talent and your passion. You want to tie those two things together. For me, I always knew that “creating” and “selling” was my God-given talent. I also knew my biggest passion was basketball. So naturally, my path to a sports career was be create basketball events and sell sponsorships to Corporate America. Ultimately, my vision became a reality and I landed my dream job with my favorite NBA team.
I’ll leave you with this great quote from coach George Raveling:
“If your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it.”
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