The other morning, my dog was barking in her sleep. She was moving around and even making chewing motions. She was obviously dreaming. She was visualizing.

Have you ever had a dream so vivid that you woke up and thought that it actually happened?

Did it actually happen?

No, only in your mind.

Your brain cannot distinguish between what you visualize and what you actually do physically.

This means that mental practice is just as good as physical practice.

When I spoke to gold medal skier, Lindsey Vonn, she mentioned that she visualizes before she goes down the slope.

You don’t have to be a skier (or a dog) to visualize.

You can visualize before a presentation at work or school. You can visualize before a test.

When you visualize…

1. Make it as realistic as possible (sounds, smells, temperature, surroundings, etc).
2. Imagine how you want to perform (instead of how you DON’T want to perform).
3. Do it in a relaxed state (just before bed is ideal).

Try it and let me know your thoughts.


Take a moment and think about a wonderful event in your life. Where were you? How did you feel? What was the weather like? What smells were in the air? Who else was there?

You just practiced visualization, or imagery.

It doesn’t matter if you visualized a vacation, a great performance in your sport, a delicious meal, your wedding, etc.

Many top athletes use the power of visualization to help them perform at their peak during competition.

I recently heard a powerful example of visualization.

There was a POW, Prisoner of War. While he was held in custody, he visualized himself playing 36 holes of golf, every day. He never physically played a game of golf in his life, but he did this to help pass the time by. This lasted years. And after he became free, he instantly became a great golfer.

You can visualize playing your best game, or your worst game and making adjustments. You can visualize potential challenges and how you would want to react to them. You can visualize when you get into bed at night and you can visualize just before a pitch/point/play/down.

You CAN do all of these things, but WILL YOU?

The mind is a powerful thing, use it to your advantage to play your best game.


Whatever is real, your mind accepts as fact.

Whatever is imagined, your mind accepts as fact.

What does this mean?

1. Practice visualizing your perfect stroke, it’s almost as good as physically doing it.

2. Focus on things that you want to happen, not things you don’t want to happen.

3. Imagine different scenarios that may occur and think about how you will react when those situations arise–then you will be prepared.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Josh Passchier in Corbondale, CO.

Have you ever had a dream so real that you woke up and thought that it actually happened? A friend of mine had such a vivid dream the other night that she was in her friend’s beautiful home. The next day, she thought to herself, “Wow, I would love to live in that house.” But then she remembered that it was just a dream and that house didn’t really exist. I’m sure you’ve had dreams where things seemed like they really happened.

See, your brain doesn’t know the difference between what you envision in your mind and what happens in real life.

Most of the successful athletes, businesspeople, performers and students use visualization or imagery to reach peak performance.

You can visualize what you want to accomplish, how you want to perform or who you want to become. When you do this, you increase the chances of it actually happening. Use all your senses and make it as realistic as possible.

So use the power of your mind to your advantage. Most successful people visualize who they want to be, before they actually become that person. You can do the same.

Don’t forget, book signing at Amalfi’s Restaurant in Lawrenceville, Monday, September 22nd, 7-9PM. Great food, music, Game. Set. Life. stickers, newspaper photographers and a special Game. Set. Life. drink…the tennis ball, created by the great Jennifer Downes. See you then!

Thanks for reading.