For some reason, a number of feeds have been popping up in my viewer that talk about the importance of visualization. I believe in visualization – it’s going to be much harder to get to a specific destination without a goal in mind – but I also think there are two very important aspects to visualization that often get overlooked.
1. Skill set
It’s important to have an end goal but it doesn’t matter that you can see something on the horizon if you don’t have the tools at your disposal to get there.
That’s not to say that it’s hopeless, or that you can never develop the tools that you need. You absolutely can develop your skills and realizing that (AND ACTUALLY WORKING ON developing those skills/tools in a consistent and incremental manner) is a critical part of that process but I have heard a number of people talk about actuating change in some bizarre adaptation of “The Secret” where they honestly believe that if they can just visualize whatever their goal is in a clear way that it will then manifest itself.
In my experience, this is not the case in playing guitar.
Playing guitar in a live setting (or engaging in any endeavor that requires having to perform in a high pressure situation) always involves a balance between mastering the mental game and mastering the physical one. I’m a big proponent of overcoming the mental obstacles that hold many players back from reaching their potential, but that has to be balanced with having the physical foundation to support what’s going on mentally.
2. Visualizing the smaller steps
It’s one thing to say, “I’m going to be a great guitarist.” but the critical thing after that realization is to answer the question of, “What do I need to do to actually become a great guitarist?”
To reach any goal, it helps to visualizing it but you then also have to visualize the steps to reach that goal, take action on them and adjust your trajectory accordingly. The process itself is actually very simple but maintaining it is a whole other thing entirely!
This is just a friendly reminder. And with that, I’m back to the wood shed!
I hope this helps!
As always, thanks for reading.