The Power of Positive Visualization

This past weekend was one to remember!

(Watch my video at the bottom of the page to hear more about it!)

I can still recall reading through my bucket list over Christmas holidays this past year and chuckling out loud when I read “Run a Marathon”. If I remember correctly, the chuckle was followed by a “Yeah right, that will be the day hell freezes over!”

Somehow the enthusiasm I felt when I was creating my bucket list was completely lost on this one item.

Then 1 month later, before I knew what was happening, I was registered for the Sundown Marathon in Singapore.

How the #$*% did that happen?

I think I was in shock and didn’t realize the full consequences to come when I pressed that little “Submit Entry” button.

The next 18 weeks of my life took a drastic change, and while at times I thought it was for the worst, looking back I can confidently say it was for the better. (And yes, I have a smile on my face as I type this right now.)

The training schedule started off fairly easy with 4 jogs a week that took minimal time. I was waking up early, getting my morning dose of fresh air and exercise and spending time with fabulously juicy ladies!

A couple of months in, the training schedule started to schedule my life…or at least that’s what it seemed like at the time.

Our jogs no longer took an hour to complete, no, no…that was manageable. They started to take 2-3 hours (and sometimes 4 hours!) out of my day.

There were times when I wanted to give up and there were times when I questioned whether or not signing up for this marathon was a good idea.

Then, 6 hours after the starting whistle sang at the unfathomable time of 4am in the morning, I crossed the finish line and tears streamed down my face.

We set a goal, we found a training schedule, we stuck to it (ok, I did substitute a run with walking on the Great Wall of China, but it’s still exercise right?) and our persistence paid off.

While our training regime was necessary and helped to prepare us for the race, there was something else I implemented that greatly contributed to my success. (Make sure to watch my video on this below!)

I started to not only train my body, but I also trained my mind with a technique known as Positive Visualization.

I used a Silva Method technique where I would visualize the numbers 3, 2 and 1 three times each followed by a countdown of 10 to 1.

Once I reached my relaxed state of consciousness, I would project myself onto a theater stage, but it wasn’t “Everyday Leanne” that I saw.

I projected “Super Athlete, Running, Wonder Woman Leanne” onto the stage. I visualized perfect running form and I would feel the energy, the confidence, the focus and the ease of which the jogging took place when I was this version of myself.

Now you might be wondering how visualizing this super, wonder woman version of myself actually helped me to train and prep for my training.

It’s a valid question and at one point in my life, I would have wondered the same thing.

Over the past few years I’ve learned more about the power of the mind and more specifically, how the subconscious mind works.

Surprisingly (and lucky for us when we use it the right way!) the subconscious mind can not tell the difference between what has and has not happened. So when I was training in my mind, it actually had the same effect (or a very similar effect) of me hitting the pavement.

A study was conducted to test the impact of visualization on the performance of athletes and the results were amazing!

The athletes were grouped into 4 categories:

Group 1: 100% Physical Exercise
Group 2: 75% Physical Exercise / 25% Mental (Positive Visualization)
Group 3: 50% Physical Exercise/ 50% Mental (Positive Visualization)
Group 4: 25% Physical Exercise / 75% Mental (Positive Visualization)

After the testing was complete, Group 4 showed the largest improvement in performance. Pretty damn impressive, right?

The moral of my story is that the mind is a very powerful tool and when we learn to use it in a positive way that supports our growth rather than detract from it, the benefits and boundaries are endless. And I say this as someone who less than 1.5 years ago was running for 2 minute cycles followed by 1 minute of walking.

Never under estimate the power of your subconscious mind and the limits that you can physically and mentally achieve.

This week I challenge you to set a goal of incorporating at least 5 minutes of positive visualization into your day. It doesn’t have to involve running or physical activity, but simply set the intention to visualize an area of your life that you’re seeking improvement in.

Make a conscious effort to recognize the positive changes that unfold in that area of your life and share your experiences below.

I also filmed a quick video for you the day before I ran the marathon. I was in a fun Mexican restaurant in Singapore and felt inspired to share what I was feeling at the time.

Yes, the waiter briefly interrupts me when he pours water, but I decided to leave it in because it was a funny moment. You’ll also hear my friend keep me on track after the distraction! Isn’t that what friends are for?

I hope you enjoy the video and I encourage you to give positive visualization a try. If it works as good for you as it did for me, you won’t be disappointed!

xo and Juicy Love!