I’ve written several posts about my ongoing experiment with having students visualize themselves succeeding academically.
I just discovered an article that describes how the Navy Seals have begun training their recruits to visualize themselves succeeding in difficult tasks:
With mental rehearsal they were taught to visualize themselves succeeding in their activities and going through the motions.
I’m going to convert the article to a short read aloud. This should get the attention of some of my students, especially the boys!
I’m retired Army and I spent most of my time with Special Forces. I don’t know where I picked up this method, but it’s something I’ve practiced since about 1992. It definitely helped during arduous and long training. It helped after I retired during college and writing papers. It helped decrease frustration, impatience, and anxiety. To be honest, it’s kind of common sense once you start doing it. Hope it helps your students!