If you’ve been visiting here for awhile, you might recall that I once manifested a bear out of thin air.
I seem to have a knack for this kind of thing. In fact, it’s entirely possible that I’m a witch. Not the leader of the coven or anyone important, but, once I find my coven, I’ll probably be the witch they call upon when they need to get a telepathic message out to the animals of the forest or to the farmer’s wife who lives down the road a piece and brings us eggs when we run out in exchange for love potion or sleep powder, depending on her mood. Or maybe I’ll just manifest us some chickens of our own so that we don’t have to rely on the farmer’s wife. We’ll see.
Anyways. The reason for me bringing up this particular skill is that a long time ago I read an article somewhere about using visualization technique to achieve physical results. I had never heard of such a thing but I knew I was onto something big and successfully used it to achieve a new personal best in the mile.
I’ve recently gone back to using this technique to get back in shape. Now, every morning, I do pull ups before I get out of bed. It doesn’t take long. Just a few minutes a day. Listen, I know what you’re thinking. I can hear you from here. I’m not lazy. There’s just only so much time in the day and although I don’t mind spending some of it walking or jogging, I don’t have enough time to do real pull-ups plus I’m not even strong enough yet to do real pull-ups. I will be in a month, though. Because it’s working. It is. The trick to using this trick is to feel it rather than see it. I’m not just “visualizing” pull-ups as much as I am feeling myself doing the pull-ups, feeling my muscles working, feeling how the chalk I rubbed on my hands strengthens my grip on the bar, feel the relief of letting go of the bar and resting between sets. Yes. I do sets. You can’t pretend to get strong with just one set a day. You have to tax those imaginary muscles, deplete them. You have to get the message through to your real muscles.
You can tell it’s working because just look at the picture I posted. That’s me after just one month of visualization technique. Okay, that’s not me, that’s Arnold Schwarzenegger. Vintage Arnold Schwarzenegger. I wouldn’t want to look like that anyways.
Maybe, in a couple months or so, once I’m buff and have a fake tan, I’ll do real pull-ups and I’ll post the evidence here. That’ll show you naysayers out there. Or maybe you’re not a naysayer. Maybe you’re a…a… YES-sayer. If you are and you want to try this technique, it’s best, in my opinion, to visualize something that you have some muscle memory of. For me, that would be running and strength training but maybe for you it’s swimming or yoga or burpees. I don’t even want to visualize burpees. That’s how much I don’t like them.
If you are a MAYBE-sayer and you need more information, here’s an article I found with additional resources to get you started. I imagine that the dead who strive to become the walking dead may actually use this technique to revive themselves. And on that note, I’m just going to hit publish and go on about my day.