Here’s the thing. You know that feeling you get when you manage to do something that you genuinely thought was impossible? Well, I’m bathing in that right now. *Pauses to savour the moment*
Admittedly, it wasn’t resolving the Middle East conflict or even getting a fancy new job but nonetheless I succeeded in doing something that I thought I couldn’t. And that’s really quite something.
Firstly, it’s a buzz. I mean, wow! I did it! I feel great – right now I’m even enjoying doing the housework (which is pretty incredible for me – I am by nature a slovenly housework avoider.) Furthermore, I feel great about myself. My confidence has shot up. Today I feel like I can take on the world. Anything is possible. (Even housework!)
And maybe it really is. Doing one thing that I thought was impossible challenges my beliefs on the boundaries of possibility. It opens up a whole new world of potential.
So, for me, the really interesting thing is how I managed to achieve the ‘impossible’ in this instance. And there was one really simple key to it. Visualisation.
To explain. My achievement was climbing a certain rock climb of a certain grade of difficulty. Not only was this grade above what I have ever done before but I did it with ease and full enjoyment in the moment. I was not afraid, which is often what holds me back from performing to my best in rock climbing. And, I’m beginning to realize, in life more generally.
The key to my achievement lay in the visualisation that I performed prior to the climb. I studied the route carefully and pictured myself performing each move, making each clip, moving my way steadily up the rock face to the top, success, safety and elation.
I watched myself make the moves, I felt my hands closing round the small but positive holds, I watched me place my feet on the little nobbles and felt the surprising power they gave to my legs. I felt myself dig deep inside and pull through the crux difficulties. I felt the flow of the movements and the joy of topping out.
And then I did it. Exactly as I had visualised.
So, the way I see it, if I can do it for a rock climb I can do it for other challenges in my life.
Watch this space.
Have you had any experience of the power of visualisation? I’d love to hear your thoughts!