The Power of Visualization

Within the past couple of years, I’ve discovered the psychological benefits of using marijuana before a workout.  I’ve used it for all types of workouts, but I like to use it most when I’m running.

 

There’s something incredibly magical about running while high.  It’s helped me control my mind to run efficiently and reach my goals – whether that is a certain distance, making a time, staying at a certain pace, etc.

 

I first noticed a change in focus.  Instead of focusing on negatives during my run – like if I could run for as long as I had planned or could keep up at a certain pace – I was able to shift my focus on what’s important to focus on during a run – my breath, body, and visualization.

 

Once I realized the change in focus taking place, I was able to recognize when negative thoughts were seeping in and shift my focus back to the positive ones.  For example, I was able to think to myself, “hey, you’re thinking about how tired you feel right now instead of focusing on controlling your breath”.  Before I had experimented with marijuana and running, there was a much higher chance that I wouldn’t reach my goals for a specific run if negative thoughts entered my head.

 

I love visualization and think it’s very powerful and can drastically improve chances of success.  One of my favorite times to visualize is when I run.  Before I used marijuana prior to a run, I visualized, but there were times when I fell out of visualization and couldn’t get back into it, which ultimately proved devastating for the run.  I found that by using marijuana before I ran, I could totally and completely lose myself in visualization.  I could be so entranced in my thoughts that I would look down at the treadmill counter and see ten minutes had passed by, even though it felt like a couple.  That’s when I knew getting high before a workout was the real deal and effective.

 

I want to discuss visualization more.  There are two aspects of visualization that make it important.  The first is what I described above.  In the moment visualization can provide you with the motivation and grit to get through a workout.  Feeling tired towards the end of your workout?  Imagine yourself in a situation where you’re succeeding at something important to you.  It’ll give you that drive to push through your workout.  What’s even more important than that though is the after effects of visualization.  When you can see yourself succeed before it even happens, your chances of success improve a lot.  It can help you develop a plan of action and decide exactly how you’re going to go about your goals and dreams.  Visualization in baseball is common.  Hitters see themselves getting hits before they actually get hits.  Pitchers picture themselves striking hitters out before it happens.  I’ve come to learn that visualization – seeing success in your mind before it actually happens – is the predecessor to real life success.  I encourage everyone to try visualization.  If you’ve never done it before, it may be difficult at first – don’t let that discourage you.  Visualization, like anything else, is a skill that requires time to master.  If you’re a beginner, start with this: think of something you’ve wanted for a long time – whether it’s learning a skill, asking a girl on a date, getting a promotion, etc.  After you’ve picked out what you want to focus on, think about performing that skill, the girl saying yes, or getting that job promotion.  Pay attention to the details of your visualization – where are you?  What did you do that allowed you to succeed?  How do you feel when you see yourself succeed?

 

Visualization is a great tool and I encourage everybody to try it.  You can visualize success anytime, anywhere.  It doesn’t have to be during a workout, but I’ve found that’s an effective time for me.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

If you have questions, leave comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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