Blind Paralympian Lex Gillette: Visualize Your Goals — Calm Blog
The motivation certainly helps, Lex says, because while the competition element is filled with adrenaline and excitement, the everyday is much more tedious. He’s up early training in the gym, fueling his mental and physical health, and continually strategizing with his team as he seeks to run faster and jump farther.
“I think that sometimes we get caught up in, literally, the destination point,” he says. “Don’t get me wrong, that’s important. But there’s so much that goes on before you can even get to that point.”
Regardless of the challenge, he revisits the same set of questions: “What do I want out of this situation? What do I want to do? Where do I want to go?” Then, he maps out how to make each of those ambitions a reality.
“I think blindness has really been a huge blessing because it’s taught me that sight is never the determining factor in our success,” he says. “It’s always that vision and our ability to see things before they exist.”
He likens envisioning success to creating a vision board; only for him, those visualizations live in his head and not on a corkboard. Each day, he plays out the scenarios of what he wants to happen, carefully noting every step it takes to get results. He sees it, he does it, he achieves it. And if something doesn’t go his way, he revisits his strategy. The process is all-consuming, but it has freed him from self-doubt and the weighty expectation of others.
“Every time I step on that runway, and I pushed the limits and I get to that point to jump, it’s almost like someone’s opening the door to this birdcage,” he says. “It’s like they’re loosening the shackles of what the world expects you to do… And I am proving to the world, not only to the world but also to myself, that this was meant for you.”