Yesterday evening one reader on Medium suggested visualizing me doing 2 pull-ups to which I replied that if this is going to be effective, I’m going to visualize myself doing 3 pull-ups.
And I did. While lying in bed before going to sleep I imagined myself doing 3 pull-ups. Grabbing those rings and slowly pulling myself up and lowering myself down 3 times.
So first thing in the morning I wrote a 400 hundred word post, published it and went to the garden to exercise.
I tried to do 3 pull-ups but instead was able to finish 2 of them. They were not perfect and not smooth - you know that jerking motion. But I did 2 pull-ups! That felt like a small victory. Like punching a bad guy in the face and successfully running away!
Because this was my first try for 2 pull-ups, I decided after 2 minutes of rest while picking apples to take it easy and do a dead hang for 20 seconds. Actually, this wasn’t that easy because it took longer - more stamina was needed.
After 2 minutes of rest I did one more pull-up. This time it was smoother. I felt progressing already. At that point I think I rested for 2 minutes while eating an apple.
Then came another 20 second dead hang, more difficult to do than the first. My hands started losing grip but I didn’t fall.
I then picked more apples after that for 2 minutes and came back to the rings to do one last pull-up. Now my hands felt a little bit shaky and I tried to lift my head as high as possible to make it easier. Actually I didn’t think I could pull it off. But I did…
If visualizing 3 pull-ups yesterday let me do 2 for real, would visualizing myself do 4 tonight prepare me for 3 tomorrow?