Know your obstacles
Make visualization work for you: instead of just fantasizing about the moment you pass your biggest competitor on the last lap of the race, think about the biggest obstacle you’ll face during that race, like getting through a hectic start and staying with the leaders. By figuring out the biggest obstacle, you can visualize your way into better habits and well-kept resolutions. For example, if you’re planning to give up alcohol, rather than visualizing your svelte and strong new leg muscles crushing a hill by springtime, think about the obstacle of going out with friends to the bar every Thursday after your ride. Now, decide ahead of time to order ginger ale with a splash of cranberry or suggest going for dinner instead of a trip to the bar. Setting up this series of “if this, then that” reactions can help avoid decision fatigue.