Here’s how looking back can help you see better.
Like most top athletes, Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant knows the power of visualization. However, it’s not just about picturing how a future event will unfold. For Bryant, he sees in his mind his greatest past successes, like the 49-yarder that beat Seattle with 13 seconds left in a playoff game four years ago. This practice increases his focus and confidence and prepares him for a win at this Sunday’s Super Bowl. (Yes, I’m a Falcons fan!)
“I envision what it felt like in making the kick and what it felt like after the kick,” he said in a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article. “You want to project positive.”
So, the next time you’re preparing for a sales presentation, job interview, speaking engagement, tennis match or crucial conversation with a family member, spend some time visualizing a past success. Remember to infuse it with the empowering emotions you felt.
And, as a twist on a Vision Board, consider creating a Success Board with words and images of your proudest moments–like your graduation, wedding, family vacations and work milestones.
As you begin to visualize more, Bryant offers this one caveat: Be careful where you do it! “There’s been times in the past where I’ve been going down the road and I’ve found myself in a game and I’ve gone off the road.”