Great golfers and surgeons go over their game, their surgical procedures, in the mind ahead of time.
I do the same thing when I am in a play or preparing for a performance.
What mental tape are you playing right now? Are you preparing for what you want?
From YOUR BEST LIFE YET by Joel Osteen:
Osteen tells the story of a little girl named Tara Holland who grew up with a dream of becoming Miss America. When she entered the Miss Florida pageant in 1994, she became the first runner-up. She tried again the following year and again was first runner-up. Tara moved to
Kansas after that and
in 1997 became Miss Kansas and was crowned
that same year. America
As Osteen writes, this former Miss
could have easily given up. Instead, she chose to rent hundreds of pageant
videos and watch them multiple times, always seeing herself in the experience
of receiving the crown and walking down the runway wearing it. “Another
reporter asked her if she was nervous walking down the runway in front of
millions of people watching on television and with the announcer singing the
famous Miss America
song. America Tara’s response was interesting. ‘No, I
wasn’t nervous at all,’ she said. ‘You see, I had walked down that runway
thousands of times before.’”