I’ve heard that a tip for success is to visualize success. But what happens when your brain just won’t cooperate? You get some awfully funny imaginary moments!
With the imagination I have (read: active & vivid), I’ve learned NOT to visualize for success. Because in my brain, anything that can go wrong, does go wrong! Especially when it comes to running!
I’m laughing at myself here though. It’s not a hardship for me, in fact it’s more amusing than anything.
I visualize myself running and here’s what happens:
My legs tangle as I run and I fall down. Ok, fair enough, that could happen to anyone. People have been known to trip over their feet. I’ve had a highly humorous wobble-trip-almost-fall myself!
My legs turn into rubber and I can’t control where I’m going. Hmm, not so frequent except that sometimes my legs DO feel wobbly after a hard run or a hill!
My legs fuse together into one between one step and the next, again I fall down. Oops. That one’s new. I don’t know that this has ever happened to a runner before whilst running (or any other time come to think of it).
My knees disappear and I’m left with straight legs. Nope, I’ve never heard of that either. What exactly IS my brain trying to do to me!
See where I’m going with this? It’s not just with running that this happens, it’s just that running is the thing I’m doing these days. I once had to do some public speaking…you don’t want to know WHAT kinds of things my brain did to me before I got up on stage!
I would love to imagine myself running a 10km, or a half-marathon (eek!) but chances are, if I did, my brain would come up with something really strange! Luckily for me, I’m not going to let that wacky little part of my mind stop me!
Tonight I’m not going to imagine myself running. Tonight, I’m actually GOING running! And if I ever do a 10k or a half-marathon, I can guarantee you it won’t be in my head. 😉