Originally Posted by Richie Rich
At the pinnacle of my physical development it was the visualization of my muscles, understanding what they were doing, how I wanted them to look, seeing the weight being lifted and feeling lighter and lighter as it went up that got me to achieve what I did. I try to use the same type of imagery while skiing.
For me, the sequence of Key Words I've highlighted from RR's post are almost exactly the process I find most efficient at learning pretty much anything physical. I would add that having a Target Idea
in mind is first and formost a prerequisite. If we've no specific idea what we're trying to learn then we're not likely to learn it unless/until we stumble over it randomly.
With a target
in mind to visualize
I could just go out taking wild stabs at it - but for me it works way better to try and understand
the movement patterns required and figure out how I want
to proceed in my attempt.
With an idea how to proceed, I can run the film in my mind and end up seeing
the likely outcome. I often need to see a variety of plots
in this mind-film to find a plot that's likely to end well for the main character (me).
With a desirable plot in mind I then implement a kind of tactile review
of the plan which involves reviewing the film again but this time feeling
the motions and patterns required to support the visualization.
With all this in place I'm far more able to a achieve
the target movement pattern on the first try, or at least come very close.
For me, visualization of intended actions started when I was in the Terrible Two's. I still
clearly remember pre-visualizing some very hazardous exploits, some of which came out well, others that ended in disaster. Because of this I believe action-visualization probably starts very early in every child's life and is a foundation of their learning process. Since the brain wires (and continually re-wires) itself based on what we do and how we do it, those who work at visualizing results
tend to get better at visualizing over time (regardless of age).
I think there is a fundamental difference between Visualizing physical movements
for the doing of a thing vs Planning a sequence of future actions
I too visualize a game plan
before tossing my body down a hazardously steep chute like some pinball hoping I'll athletically respond to whatever comes. But this feels very external
to me rather than the internalized
sense I get from true visualization of myself executing a detailed movement pattern. 'Seeing' the location I'm going to make a turn and estimating my ability to turn successfully in that spot isn't quite the same as visualizing the detailed internal nature
of that turn which is (I think) the dividing line between the two.
Not sure but it seems like there would be a legitimate ( )
word for this out there somewhere. 'Feelization' certainly captures the essence of the idea but there must be a long established term for the concept by now. I've looked around in the past but all I've ever found are wordy descriptions rather than a term or phrase. If nothing is found, maybe Rick should run off to the Term Patent Office
(ie; Wikipedia) and submit his entry.