“The power we possess in our mind is exponentially greater than the power we have in the physical. So often, we only operate in the natural realm and never step back to use our minds. We wear ourselves down so we can hardly even be effective in the natural and then our bodies are too fatigued to play catch up. If we can stay ahead of the game and prepare for our everyday battles before they happen, then we will find more power than we ever imagined. I guarantee that if you focus and prepare for the problems that you know are going to arise throughout your work week, you will feel so on top of your life that you will actually feel like you can function and be creative and really live your life instead of just barely reaching status quo.”
What you have just read was written by Nick Jordan, husband, father, bass player, business owner, student of engineering, graphic designer, and my second son. He finished my “500 Words” last night for me, and what he said resonated with me. His words reminded me of the study done to demonstrate “mental rehearsal technique.” Three groups of basketball players took part in the study. First they were tested on how many free throws they could make. Then for the next thirty days, one group practiced for one hour a day. The second group visualized making free throws, and the third group did nothing. The astonishing results were that the first group improved by 24% and the second group improved by 23% without physically practicing. The third group of course did not improve at all. These studies have been replicated over and over. Jack Nicklaus, generally accepted as the most accomplished professional golfer of all time, said he never hits a ball even in practice without bringing it clearly into focus in his imagination first.
Nick mentions in his words above that if you “focus and prepare for the problems that you know are going to arise throughout your work week,” you will be able to take control and get the results you really want. As you focus and prepare for your successes, you are far more likely to achieve a much higher level of success. See it in your imagination the way you want it to turn out. What is the best thing that could happen? Visualize that happening. See the end result. See what it looks like, not as a spectator but through your own eyes. Feel how you will feel when you have accomplished what you wanted. You decide how it is going to turn out.
What kind of a day or week will you have? This method can bring you success even when preparing for a meeting that you are uncomfortable with. You can use your imagination and visualization to bring a desired result into any confrontation. You can use it to bring the success level desired in your work and even in improving your relationships. The more clearly you see it, the easier it will be to attain it. Visualization is a powerful way to progress from doubt to belief.
We often read these kinds of stories relating to sales or sports, I am excited about Christians like myself learning to use these God-given techniques to have the life God intended us to have. I believe we can have abundant life with all the blessings a loving heavenly Father would bestow upon His children. We often fall short of this only because we do not know the principles that will take us from doubt to belief so that Mark 11:23 and 24 will be fulfilled in our lives.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:23, 24
Have you ever tried visualization or using your imagination to see the positive results you desired? Please tell us about it in the comments or put your prayer requests here. Have a wonderful day! You really can!