Today’s Daily Create challenged us to take a hard concept that we either study or teach and reconstruct it so that a 5 or 6 year old would be able to understand in. In the worlds of Albert Einstein, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”… So off I wrote. I figured it was only fitting to take a topic from Sports Psychology as I am looking to go into this field for both my graduate program and career path.
I chose to talk about Visualization which is the act of imaging the very thing thats causing you anxiety goes well. For an example, if you are nervous about a test, imagine yourself acing the test just before you actually begin the test.
In the same way, if you are nervous before a race, imagine yourself winning the race or getting your PR, just before the gun goes off. Typically when one envisions themselves doing well, the anxiety goes down without the person even noticing.
Anxiety affects the persons performance if they let the anxiety overwhelm them or steer them into a direction of giving up or accepting defeat before the activity has even started. Explaining this to a 5 year olds level was fairly hard though as there are many different “layers” to visualization. However, I did my best and this is what I came up with.