One of my favorite tools to prep for my day is to watch my simulation of the day ahead. You can do this at night before bed so your subconscious can work on it while you sleep and when you wake up in the morning as you start your day.
If you’ve ever played the game Sims, you’ll have a good picture of what I’m talking about.
Just like an athlete prepares for a game or an actress prepares for a play you must prepare for your day if you want to perform at the highest level.
It’s a combination of mental rehearsal, visualization, and self-image.
Keys to the exercise:
- Be playful and have fun — see yourself as a cartoon
- Set a timer for 1-5 min, sit comfortably, and close your eyes
- Watch yourself from the third person perspective
- See the challenges that may come up and how you overcome them
- See the way you’d like to see things go
- Keep it simple
- Make it colorful, bright, big, add movement, and make it 3D
Go forward and backward and notice the small stuff.
- What do you do when you first open your eyes?
- What do you do in the first hour of the day?
- How do you see yourself interacting with the people you meet that day?
- Do you take a nap, go for a walk, or workout?
- How do you notice yourself handling any challenging situations that come up?
- What does it look like to watch yourself put your head on the pillow at the end of the day?
This is a fun, playful, and powerful way to show up to each day in your best form.
We get to live life one day at a time. Each day is a stepping stone to perform better in the next one.