200217 Energy control-Psyching up

200217 Energy control-Psyching up

By Danny M. O’Dell, M.A. CSCS*D

Suppose you are about to enter a contest or take a big test at school. Are you feeling lethargic or are you ready?

Sometimes a boost of energy gets the mind and body revved up to do better. Here are a few of the techniques used by elite athletes to do just that.

Energizing music

We all have our favorite music, the kind that just makes us want to get up and do something. Turning it up loud and listening to it simply makes us ready to go.

Cue words as a reminder of how we want to feel

I Can do it
I am ready
I am pumped up and ready to go

Picture a high-energy image such as a tiger about to pounce on its prey, or a Corvette smoking its tires taking off, or fighter kicking in the after burners. All of these images can increase your levels of energy. Be vivid seeing them in your mind. The more vivid and real life you can make them the better.

Remember successful performances of the past.

Very precisely and in every small detail

The smell
The taste
The feel

Every time.