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5 ways you can use visualization to achieve top performance

May 17, 2018View for printing

I've always been afraid of water. To confront those fears, I decided to learn how to scuba dive, even before I learned how to swim! I would need to use visualization to achieve top performance if I hoped to get out alive.

One of the requirements of a scuba dive certification is to descend 10 feet under water, take off your mask and mouthpiece, and then put them back on again. I was afraid I would drown in those few moments underwater and without oxygen.

What if I lost my mask? How would I get back to the surface? After all, I couldn't even swim. My instructor was with me, and during practice he had helped me several times. On the day of certification, however, I would need to do it all on my own.

My fear of water had not subsided as I hoped it would. I did not feel safe in the water, especially when I was 10 feet under.

The night before the test, I walked myself through the exercise many times. How could I use visualization to achieve top performance in my situation? Here were my steps:

LaRae Quy

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