Physical training is directly influenced by mental processes, i.e. performing patterns correctly and perseverance in midst of exhaustion. It may also be indirectly influenced by mental processes, such as by using visualization.
Visualization, the conscious creation of positive images in the mind, is becoming more and more popular in sports. Many coaches, trainers, and sports psychologists are using formal positive visualization techniques to help their athletes improve in their chosen field faster than would otherwise be possible. Positive visualization will not only helps improve techniques, it helps instill a positive attitude that improves overall well being.
Thinking positive thoughts seems like a simple idea, but, to achieve the desired results, the visualization process must be applied correctly. Negative thoughts are much easier for most people to relate to, so self-doubt will creep into the thoughts of students who are not properly taught visualization techniques.
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