How to Get a 39% Improvement From a 10-second Exercise

Hot off the press! Massive improvement possible with little effort. I wanted to get this to you while the inspiration was still fresh. This should get your creative juices going.

Maximizing Your Improvement Results

Standing Long Jump -- Improvement to become a gold-medal winner.

Gold medal winner, Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics.

Results may vary! And boy howdy, they will, depending on your beliefs. But thankfully you can control your beliefs.

A 39% improvement from ten seconds worth of work? Sounds pretty outrageous, doesn’t it. The example may not seem to apply to your situation on the surface, but don’t let appearances fool you. This is solid gold. If you really get this idea, your future is looking too bright to behold for mere mortals.

The year was 1964. I was in junior high school and physical education class was one of my favourites, because I’d get to go outside and do something physical. I wasn’t the strongest kid in class. In fact, I wasn’t the best at anything, but I had an affinity for the standing long jump.

I remember how other kids were doing far better than me at this rather simply sport. However, I wondered how I might do better at it. I remember standing at that painted line, looking at the measured marks and trying again and again to increase my meagre 5’6″ (1.68 meters) of distance.

Then I had an idea! I stood at the starting line and gazed at the ten-foot line thinking, “Ah, there’s five feet, six inches. I can do that easily.” I let the thought sink in a few moments, and then aimed my body at the distance I knew I had already done more than a dozen times.

Bang! I had jumped 7’8″ (2.34 meters). I had taken ten seconds to visualise and then raked in a 39% improvement. The results surprised even me. But looking back, I wonder what would’ve happened if I had gotten myself to the point where I would not have been surprised. Could I have squeezed in another 10% improvement? Twenty percent?

An indoor race and visualising stars for maximum improvement.

Can an indoor race be run as fast as an outdoor race, if runners visualise lots of space, first?

See the Improvement in Advance.

It’s been proven that indoor races have slower record times than outdoor races. Why would this be? Are the tracks any different? Are runners claustrophobic? The concept of space does allow for motion. Does more space allow for more motion? What if runners visualised immense amounts of space prior to an indoor race? Would that generate an improvement in their times? What if those runners could feel the Moon and stars around them as they ran—their conceptual selves extending out beyond the building, the country and even the planet? See what I mean? Change your perspective.

Such visualisation techniques helped the American Olympic team with the assistance of Dr. Dennis Waitley, using techniques borrowed from NASA and their astronaut preparation program. Visualisation works!

I remember one summer Olympics where a favoured Russian athlete slipped while on the horizontal bar and rattled nearly everyone else’s nerves. Suddenly, everyone was failing—slipping or falling—except one faithful American. She outdid them all because she visualised the perfect results and felt them in her bones. The epidemic of rattled nerves didn’t affect her one bit.

If you have a challenge in your work, multiply the challenge. If you have $10,000 in debt and inadequate income, imagine having $1,000,000 in debt and the income to pay it off by next week. Take a gutsy attitude that blows the barriers to dust.

Say you have a new website with only a hundred hits per day. Imagine the website getting a million hits per day. What would that website look like? What actions did you take to get it to that point? Imagine yourself already there, looking back.

Putting yourself in that position of having already won big, changes the way your mind thinks. This may not happen overnight, because it usually takes practice to overcome all the bad habits you’ve accumulated. But once you acquire the new habit, you won’t want to go back to the old way of thinking—ever!

This can be far more powerful for improvement than any SEO gimmick that Google will likely block soon enough, anyway. Google wants you to create great content and lots of it. A winning attitude will shine through your content marketing brighter than anything else you might do mechanically.

And there you go! I wanted to get this little gem out to you while it was still hot.

I want to hear about your improvement and how you’ve visualised your success into a reality. Please leave a comment.

About Rod "Carl" Martin Jr

Rod "Carl" Martin, Jr. has been a Hollywood artist with screen credit, a typographer, a software engineer with a bachelors degree summa cum laude, a published novelist and an award-winning essayist. As Rod Martin, Jr., he is also the author of "The Art of Forgiveness."
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10 Responses to “How to Get a 39% Improvement From a 10-second Exercise”

  1. Nora December 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Dear Carl,

    What you are sharing is solid gold – yeah, you are right… A read on your article is like a daily weekly routine to me… Keep it coming sir..

  2. Lindsey Walton December 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Mental focus works in everything, as pointed out in this article. Focusing your mind or your body works equally good. If i could use an analogy, i’d compare it with the use of Sun Tzu’s Art of War in modern corporate culture – unexpectedly effective.

  3. CarlMartin December 19, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Howdy Lindsey. I appreciate the input. I’m not sure I see the connection to Sun Tzu, but then I never did fully understand his Art of War.

  4. CarlMartin December 19, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Hi Nora. Thanks for the kind words. They made my day. Sometimes even I’m amazed by some of this inspiration. I keep learning, sometimes from the simplest things.

  5. Nikita December 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Now a days i don’t have too much time to get a exercise. I know its really bad for me But i do not know what i need to do in that case.

    Thanks for sharing

  6. CarlMartin December 20, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    Howdy Nikita. I understand not having enough time, but exercise is only only a metaphor, here. The exercise I talked about was purely in the mind and it only took 10 seconds. That’s less time than it took for you to write your comment.

  7. backlinks December 29, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    I found this article to really ask a great question as to what gets people to be motivated inorder to allow themselves the opportunity to succeed. Thanks for Sharing!

  8. Annie Miller January 5, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    I love what you’ve written here. This is actually a great advice to follow which I may do for myself. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Tushar January 13, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    I like the strategy of seeing the improvement in advance. It’s quite right, if you start believing that the plan works, then one day it will turn to be huge hit.

  10. CarlMartin January 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi Tushar. That’s exactly right, but perhaps more importantly is the idea that keeping a positive and hungry attitude (burning passion), you’re more likely to solve any snags along the way. Too many times, even competent scientists miss out on golden opportunities because they started with a preconceived notion that something was impossible or they held some other negative idea. With a positive feeling of accomplishment, solutions show up when you need them.

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