Did you know that the mind does not have the ability to distinguish between vivid imagination and reality? When you dream and wake up in a cold sweat from a nightmare…your mind doesn’t know the difference between that dream and reality.
At the winter Olympic Games scientists tested this theory. They took four groups of slalom skiers and had one group practiced on the slalom run 75% of the time and visualize practicing 25% of the time. Another group practiced 50% of the time and visualized 50% of the time. Yet another group practiced 25% of the time and visualized 75% of the time.
In the end the group which visualized 75% of the time and only practiced 25% of the time did the best during competition. Because in their mind’s eye they we perfect, they always went down the slope flawlessly. But in real practice there was always some kind of problem cropping up. So with flawless practice in their heads, of course they were much more flawless on the slope.
This goes to show, “What you can see and believe, you can achieve.” And your emotions are an important part of this interaction. Did you know most of our reactions to life are based on emotions? Without emotions it’s very hard to make any kind of commitment and stick to it. Who do you think is going to win a prizefight, the person saying, “I think I can” or the person yelling, “I CAN DO IT!”? Of course the person yelling at the top of his lungs, “I CAN DO IT!” You really don’t stand a chance if you think you’re going to lose.
Want to stay away from stress? Then surround yourself with friends and loved ones who are positive thinkers. People who visualize the future, who know they can make their lives happen according to what they believe, and do the same yourself. Then no matter what the world dishes out, you will know in your heart, you can make your dreams come true.
© Dr. Paul Haider