Think big and your deeds will grow
Think small and you’ll fall behind
Think that you can and you will
It’s all in the state of mind
I first read those words when I was nine or ten years old. Written by a late nineteenth century poet and inscribed on a small wooden plaque that hung on the wall of my grandfather’s attic, in Easton, Pennsylvania. Now that plague sits perched on a windowsill in my dojo.
Think positive, visualize success and it will follow. The mind influences every aspect of our lives, including our martial arts, and the mind is the source of visualization. Visualization is governed by the breath-mind-body connection.
Learning to visualize a muscle under stress not only increases the strength and development of that muscle and the tendons that attach the muscles to the bones but is also a solid starting place for learning to positively visualize any movement, technique or circumstance that affects our strength, timing, and ability to control the outcome of a situation.