Mental Reps

Mental reps is about visualizing and focusing on actions that produce a desired outcome. You have to be very specific when you visualize yourself performing an action or set of actions because you are wiring a mind/body connection to a particular set of actions. You are mentally building a skill set. One of my MMA coaches said when he was wrestling in college, he was taught to have three mental practices a day in addition to the physical practices, to sharpen focus and actually improve physical performance.

Visualize yourself in different situations and focus on different positive outcomes. Once you are able to keenly focus specific actions and a series of actions, you can then begin to visualize strategy. When you get to this step you must also consider, but do not dwell on, possible consequences as this will help in avoiding unnecessary setbacks.

With that being said, the more you practice mental reps, the stronger your mind muscle will become and you will find yourself being able to quiet your mind and blank out negative self-defeating thoughts.

One tip you may find helpful is when a negative thought begins to creep in your head, do not identify with it. Accept that you are not your past mistakes. Mistakes are simply a part of your learning process and once learned are not repeated.

In your mind’s eye you have to see what you want to become and discover what skill sets are necessary to become that.

Remember, you alone are in command of your thoughts, words, and actions. If your impulses dictate your actions, you do not possess self-control and that is a weakness and a liability. You are subject to whatever external circumstance that arises.

Mental reps are a good way to develop skill, belief and attitude, which are the wheel, sail and rudder that empower you to purposefully navigate through life.

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.”― Mahatma Gandhi

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