Bob Barnes’ book has a good discussion on visualization. In my readings on management, there are also references to visualization. Somewhere there was a discussion on active verses passive visualization. Basically, it said that individuals that use active visualization are more successful than individuals that use passive visualization.
Passive visualization is when an individual looks at himself or herself from the outside. (You see yourself standing at the podium making the speech.) In skiing we would be standing at the side, top, or bottom of the hill looking at ourselves skiing down it. Just like when we watch an instructor give a demonstration.
Active visualization is looking out of your own eyes and visualizing what is happening. (You are standing at the podium and see the audience before you as you make the speech.) In skiing we would be seeing the snow moving by us, the terrain changing as we make turns, feeling the snow beneath our skis, etc.
As ski instructors most of us have asked our students to use visualization. I wonder how many of us have thought about defining to our students what we mean by visualization. I know I haven’t. It could make a world of difference to those students that use passive visualization instead of active.
What style of visualization have you used? (I’ve used both.)