The Three Most Important Words to Know for Peak Performance
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March 1, 2011
One of the biggest concerns for a martial artist is peak performance. It can be in a tournament performing a weapon’s form, free sparring or worst case scenario, a life and death encounter on the street.
Wouldn’t you agree, being at your best, physically, psychologically and emotionally is of paramount importance to any serious martial artist. Having a body that responds swiftly to the intentions of the mind and having a mind that can maintain a sense of calm and clarity during stress and conflict is critical. It can mean the difference between going home with a trophy or getting home period.
Just as it is important to put your body through vigorous physical exercise and arduous combat conditioning, so must you put your mind. There are three very important words that influence your mind and can enhance your performance for combat, competition or just plain health. These three words are:
Act As If.
Yep, that’s right, act as if. Act as if you have already won that trophy for your weapon’s kata. Act as if you have already had your hand raised by the referee for knocking out your opponent. Act as if you have already defended yourself easily and successfully in a tough street encounter. Act as if you are already healed from your painful injury. Why?
Act As If stimulates and harnesses the power of the subconscious mind that stimulates peak performance. Acting as if uses, engages and stimulates your imagination. You see, your subconscious mind has no way to differentiate that what you imagine in your mind is real or not. All images, real or imagined are perceived as real time events and will produce changes in your body.
Imagine head lice for a moment. Most of you reading this will begin to feel your head itch just from the thought of head lice. And I am going to guess you really don’t have it, so why does your head itch? Again, the subconscious part of your mind has no way to determine what you imagine is real or not and will produce a physical change in your body as if the head lice were real. It is all about safety and protection, which is the primary purpose of your subconscious mind.
So, when you do guided imagery or mental rehearsal of your martial arts’ performance, see it and feel it as if it is already done and successful. In your mind act as if you are perfect. Do this over and over and over and your body will have stored the performance in its memory banks. Olympic and professional athletes do this as part of their regular training routine. You should too.
A word of caution however…Act as if still demands you physically practice your art in real time and not just imagined time. The two work together so you can achieve optimal performance. Act As If does not replace training, but complements it and adds that competitive edge we all seek as athletes. Once you get the feel of how to apply Act As If, it can change your performance. It can change your life. You can read more about how to harness the power of your mind in my book, Black Belt Healing: A Martial Artist’s Guide to Pain Management & Injury Recovery. I cover all the rules and principles for making Act As If come alive and make them the three most important words you need to know for peak performance. Be Well.
Next week: More herbal recommendations.