Category : Sports
“My success at free kicks comes down to 5 percent skill and 95% successful imagery.”
– Giofranco Zola
Imagine I just cut a lemon in half and then I give you one of its halves. As you hold the lemon in your hand, notice its texture. As you place the fruit in your mouth, be aware of its citric scent. Take a sip of the tangy lemon juice, and let it run down your throat.
Imagine that you have just finished reading this article and you have just submerged your hands in hot soapy water. Can you remember how that felt? Have you taken a shower last night? Did you wash your windows or car? Think back to the feeling of hot soapy water on you hands. Make it vivid. Feel those tiny pinpricks in your skin.
Your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between real and imagined events. It’s like a DVD recorder! It continuously records sounds and sights. The body treats each vivid thought or image as if they were real. Have you ever woken up from a nightmare? You’ll be amazed at how your body reacts to vivid imaginations more than any conscious command. Your heart will probably not speed up if you tell it to. Imagine yourself walking down a dark, sinister alleyway at night, and hearing the footsteps of others. Your heartbeat will likely increase. How about the nightmare? Although it wasn’t real, you still felt a little bit shaken, your heart racing, and you were gripped by fear. It took some time for you to get over the fear.
Some people say they can’t visualize because they can’t see clearly in photos. That’s OK! You can just have a visual representation of the book in your head. You don’t have to see it as clearly as you can while reading this book. Everybody has the ability of imagining, and I might have just proved it to you. These questions will help you determine if it is possible.
Your locker is the place you store your clothes. How does it look? What is the location of the handle on the door? What is the sound it makes when it’s closed? You had to use your imagination to answer.
You can now control every aspect of your game by simply changing the sounds and images in your mind. Images that are larger, brighter and bolder will have a greater impact on your game than images that are smaller, less vibrant, or further away. Let me demonstrate.
Consider someone who you were unable to face or found difficult. Consider facing them again. You will be able to hurt yourself like a knife if you have a bad memory. You can beat them without even kicking a ball. This is something you will love. Take a look at their faces. As you do so, ask yourself:
Is the memory black-and-white or in colour?
Are their faces in your memories to the left, right, or right in front?
Is the face small or large?
Is it dark or light? Is it moving or still?
Are there any sounds?
Play around with how you remember this person. Take each step and see what happens.
Drain any memory that has color to it until it becomes black and white.
You can move the position of your face to push it away from you.
Reduce its size.
Reduce the brightness and make it fuzzy
If the image is animated, freeze it.
What sound are you hearing? Is that their voice? You can change it by giving them a loud, squeaky voice, like a cartoon character or a deep, sexy one.
Give the face a clown nose, brightly coloured hair, and Mickey Mouse ears. Have fun!
How you feel can be altered by changing your memories. This is how you should think about the person. What do you think about this person now? The stress memory was likely to have diminished, if not completely gone. You feel completely different, and you can imagine how much better you will feel when you meet that person again. You have complete control over your emotions, your thoughts, and your mood. No one else can make you feel better.
Visualisation and mental training are essential tools in the arsenal of xem bong da players. Professionals know how important it is to practice skills in their heads. Professionals are so prepared that they can use their skills on ‘autopilot’ when needed. The majority of soccer activities are subconsciously done. Are you conscious about how you feel when you throw in a ball? Do you take a free kick? Jumping to head it? You do it naturally, not jumping to head the ball?
This is how you could imagine playing a complete game. It would be tedious to play the entire game at normal speed. The key events in the game will affect you so you can speed up and bring the game back to normal speed when you get to those parts.
Visualizing different scenarios can help you prepare for any scenario during a game. Reality isn’t always as ideal as we would like. Unexpected challenges and problems can be overcome before, during, and after a game. This is how you can visualize success. You will be more prepared for any eventuality by making a list of possible problems and practicing how to overcome them. No matter what kind of problem you might face, visualize it working out for you.
Let me demonstrate how imagination can be used in association and dissociation. Visualisation skills are really useful here. Associating means that you relive the event as though it were happening right now, and can hear the sounds, see the sights, and feel all the emotions. Dissociation means that you can observe the situation like you’re watching a movie. You will feel less emotionally affected if you are further away from the action of dissociation.
Consider a painful memory or bad experience. What did it feel like? That image will stay with you. Step out of your own head and see what’s behind it. You may be skeptical, but at least you can give me a chance. Now, move away as far from the situation that you are referring to as possible. Move out of the image until you can see it again. Reduce it. All the colour should be gone. Make the background white or fuzzy. You can turn off any sound. You will notice a reduction in the intensity of your feelings when you dissociate. Are those feelings less intense now? To learn new skills like these, it takes courage.