Using Visualization to Gain An Edge

Several months ago, I received a call from a 5th year college student.

In an attempt to make his university’s Division 1 team, he had been working tirelessly for more than four years (impressive dedication in and of itself).

He was preparing for the beep test, or Yo-Yo as some call it, and he was looking to gain an edge.

We spent an hour on the phone. I shared my insights as someone with an abundance of beep test experience. Then walked him threw some practices that might help him better prepare.

Fast forward to yesterday, and I received this update from him, post beep test:

“Wells, your call was so helpful in the process, especially leading into the YoYo where I was looking for any edge I could find. I definitely used your visualization technique frequently leading into it. It was interesting, I would try to visualize the entire morning from getting up, to what I was wearing, to what I was doing on the drive over, etc. When I did a practice run, and everything in the morning was panning out just as I had visualized the night before, it felt like I was gaining confidence after each moment. This confidence came from seeing everything that I saw in my head come to fruition before me.


All of this made me believe that because I put on the clothes the way that I visualized, and because I prepared my breakfast just as I had visualized, I was bound to complete the Yo-Yo the way I had visualized. And while I did fall short of my Yo-Yo goal, I did improve, and I also truly believe that the visualization helped me feel confident before and after the test…


And the best news is that I got a two-week trial that has now been extended through the Spring!”

How cool is that? 

I was so impressed with this young man’s humility and ability to reach out and ask for help.

But he didn’t stop there. He took the next and most important step – he took action!

I’ll leave you with this nugget on the ability to act:

“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”

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