Babe Ruth or George Herman Ruth (1895-1948), is arguably the greatest baseball player to have walked the earth. A champion home run hitter (where you hit the ball out of the field), he was asked by a reporter after winning a final match with a last-ball home run: ‘What if you had missed the last ball? Babe Ruth replied: ‘I never thought of that.’
What a remarkable response! Why, in Babe Ruth’s mind, would he ever think about missing the last ball? He’s there to hit the ball, not to miss it; the champ would only be thinking about how he would strike the ball and how far it would go, sailing into the crowds. He visualises the sequence.
Visualisation is the key to results. Our minds have the capability to travel a distance into the future, create a result and return to the moment. Like it is famously said, ‘Throw your heart over the trapeze, the body will follow.’
Visualisation can also apply to negative thoughts. If you visualize coming second or fear coming in last, or worry that you will make a mistake in your upcoming group presentation at the office, you are but likely to end up that way. Visualise a positive result and you are halfway there! The rest is about how well you have prepared and how hard you have practiced.