What an NFL Coach Can Teach You About Creative Visualization

by Dorina Lanza · 9 comments

in Mindset and Motivation

Creative visualization. What does that mean? It means behaving both inwardly and outwardly as though you have already achieved your coveted goal. This means you fully experience it with all your senses as though you have already accomplished it. You can see, smell, hear, touch, and taste it. You behave as though you already have it.

What does creative visualization have to do with the NFL?

As I’m sure you know, players of the winning team are awarded big, expensive Super Bowl rings which marks the wearer as a champion. And, the players that have won these rings often continue to wear them on a daily basis throughout their life. Having earned one of these rings is a very big deal.

Well, ESPN reported that on the night before Super Bowl XLV Mike McCarthy, the Green Bay Packers’ coach, made a very unusual move to motivate and inspire his team. What did he do? Well, contrary to the prevailing superstition, Coach McCarthy had the players fitted for their Super Bowl rings the night before the game.

What effect did this have on the Packers? Linebacker A.J. Hawk said the ring fitting “made things real for us.” Desmond Bishop, another linebacker, said, “We could see that it was right there. Everything we wanted was right there in our hands, literally and figuratively.”

McCarthy [who is from Pittsburgh, BTW] said after the Packers’ victory that “No disrespect to the [Pittsburgh] Steelers. We respect their football team. We respect the way they play. They’re a good tough physical football team. But we fully expected to win this game. This is our time.”

What were the Packers players and coaches doing? They were using creative visualization to achieve their goal. And what happened? They won the Super Bowl.

What can you learn from this?

You can learn that you can do the same thing, use that same creative visualization tool. You can behave as though you have already accomplished your goal – see it, smell it, touch it, hear it, taste it, immerse yourself in it. If you do that, [know that your subconscious can't differentiate between your creative visualization of something and the real thing] your subconscious will lead you in the direction of the thing which it thinks you already have. [Note that this approach works just as well for worst case thinking so watch out!]

Are you doing this? Have you experienced yourself being fitted for your “ring”? Beyond the ring, have you visualized your life after you have had your figurative victory parade and are living your goal? Do you fully expect to reach your goal? Do you see yourself at the top?

Whatever steps you need to take to make your success real for you, take them now. The sooner you begin, the better for you.

Live long and prosper!

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Anthony DePlacido February 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Dorina……another inspiring, motivational and educational post…….and I love the sports reference…….players always have to rise to the occasion…..especially in the championship games…..and coaches are constantly being challenged to motivate them…….I “get” creative visualization and know it to be a great tool…….for me everyday is a championship game……..thanks, Anthony

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administrator February 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thanks Anthony! When I saw what McCarthy had done I had to share because it is soooo applicable to getting what one wants! Everybody should be using that technique for positive results. Unfortunately, many use it unconsciously to attract negative results. Hopefully they will see the light!

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administrator February 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Hmmm . . . I must be logged in as administrator! LOL! Oops!

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Nick Wakeland March 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Dorina….Excellent post,just this morning i was reviewing creative visualization in ….Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill

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Trisha December 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

Glad I’ve fianlly found something I agree with!

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Richard Petrillo March 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hi Dorina,
Great article and there is wisdom to be learned from both you, and the winning coaches in the NFL. Pete Carroll’s book “Win Forever” discusses how to develop a vision, approach leadership and so much more!

It’s a great book just as this article is great advice. Thanks!
RichardP

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Rick Coyle April 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Excellent article. Visualization and making it real is so powerful. The mind can do incredible things if you let it.

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Rob May 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Hey Dorina,
Another sports guy you may have heard of.
Mr. October…Reggie Jackson.
A wonderful nickname to embrace his World Series heroics.
Yet, he struck out more than anyone else ever in the history of baseball.
Big lesson: We all fail sometimes. Let’s emulate and focus on the success.
Thanks.

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