Vision is the bridge between the present and the future. Great athletes can clearly see what steps they must take to get where they want to be. Average athletes are like hikers in a thick forest heading to a mountain. They can see the mountain but can’t find a straight path to get there. They wander one way and need to backtrack. Their progress is slow. A great athlete not only can see the mountain but also the clear path to get to the mountain. Some people can see the path instinctively while most great athletes are relentless at finding and learning from people who have forged the path and gone ahead.
TWO CRUCIAL WAYS TO HAVE GREATER VISION
Build Solid Fundamentals
Picture fundamentals as your gateway to freedom. Great athletes have the fundamentals so flawlessly ingrained that their minds are free to focus on other areas of the game. When researchers measured the brain activity of great athletes versus average athletes, they found a much quieter brain in the region of skill execution for great athletes. Their brain was quieter on shots they made than on shots they missed. That means the brain could be more focused and spend more energy on what matters most. Average athletes have busy brain activity which makes it more difficult to focus. Drill and practice your fundamentals so that your brain can be used more efficiently.
Practice Develops Prediction
Great athletes can anticipate a play and have the vision to see outcomes before they take place. Research has discovered the same area of the brain that is engaged in prediction is the same area of the brain engaged in practice. Intentional practice increases your brain’s ability to make predictions and increases your vision.
Take time to evaluate your vision on and off the court. How clear are your goals? How much time do you set aside to picture your future and how you want to live? Are your daily habits putting you on the path to achieve your dreams?