Visualize for Success

Jul. 25, 2017 at 4:03pm

I grew up a die-hard New York Yankees fan. I followed the team religiously, knew players and managers from their earliest history, celebrated World Series victories, hated the Red Sox, and lived for those trips with my father and brother to Yankee Stadium. Like most fans of that era, I was crazy for Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, and Bobby Richardson—the guys who played exceptionally well but also looked the part of Yankee “supermen” in the tradition of Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio. But I always had a special place in my heart for Yogi Berra.

Yogi presented a paradox. On one hand, he was an absolutely fabulous baseball player. But on the other, he didn’t resemble a major league player at all. Of just medium height with a stocky body and, let’s say, a less than a classically handsome face, Yogi lacked DiMaggio’s grace, Mantle’s power, and Maris’s all-American good looks. He simply didn’t carry himself like an elite athlete. But with one swing of the bat, he would drive in the runs to beat you; with one throw from his powerful arm, your chance of stealing second base had just disappeared. And no catcher ever called better games. He was a winner.

His way of explaining things—his “Yogi-isms”—continue to mystify as they enlighten. “When you come to a fork in the road …take it.” “It ain’t over till it’s over.” “The future ain’t what it used to be.” My favorite Yogi-ism, however, was his answer to a question about what you have to do to be successful at the major league level: “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”

Like many of Yogi’s quotes, this doesn’t make sense until you ponder it for a bit. Then you begin to see his wisdom: A positive mental attitude is as important—maybe more so—than the physical tools you bring to the game. What your mind sees, positive or negative, becomes your reality. What Yogi knew by instinct, many scientific studies today are finding factual.

So, before you start to take action on living a healthy lifestyle, take some time to visualize yourself eating healthy and exercising regularly. As Yogi would tell you, it could be a key element in your long-term success.

Posted in Health Info by Joe

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