The Victory Of Visualization.
During my school days, I was a good athlete. I used to participate and win in sporting events, especially in the 800-meter run. By the time I had joined college, I had gained some weight and I gradually left running and participating in sporting events behind.
When I was in my third year of college, a sporting event was about to take place. I used to tell my friends that I was an athlete during my school days and so when this event came up, they encouraged me to participate in the event. But the drawback was that I had not been in touch with track events for a few years, my body was not in the same shape as it was before, and in addition to all that, it was 1500 meter event! Such an event requires a lot of stamina in addition to speed. I thought about it and told myself, “Why can’t I give a try?”
A week before the event, I started practicing. Initially, I found it very difficult to train myself for the event. My body was not cooperating. I easily got fatigued and thought of giving up.
But whenever I would get these kinds of thoughts I would visualize myself running while my friends were applauding and encouraging me. I visualized myself running the last 100 meters at full speed and winning the running event.
On the day of the event, there was me and 7 other athletes that were competing with me. I was the oldest and the most physically unfit among us all. But I didn’t lose hope. The event started and everyone was crossing over and leaving me behind. While running, I kept on visualizing that I was overtaking the other athletes, one by one. I visualized myself stepping over the finishing line and I literally felt the goosebumps.
In the end, I wound up coming in second place in the 1500 meter run, in spite of all my drawbacks. The very next year I happened to read “The Secret” book. I realized that I had used a technique from The Secret, visualization, to win second place at that event.