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FACT: When rooney was 10, he announced himself as a mascot for the merseyside derby game against Liverpool.. Normally, the ceremonial occasion involves the ‘keeper rolling the ball only to receive it back from the mascot, no not wayne rooney, he chipped the ball over the ‘keeper, he had been waiting, practicing, anticipating that moment all week! The then Everton keeper, Neville Southall wasn’t too pleased…

Scientists have shown that visual imagery and repetitive training create neural pattterns which help improve athletes, Tiger Woods was trained this way. Wayne Rooney, the kid from liverpool didn’t know all that, he just developed his own visual techniques which he uses till today.

The Manchester United striker adds,

“When a cross comes into a box, there’s so many things that go through your mind in a split second, like five or six different things you can do with the ball.”

“Part of my preparation is I go and ask the kit man what color we’re wearing — if it’s red top, white shorts, white socks or black socks,” he says. “Then I lie in bed the night before the game and visualize myself scoring goals or doing well. You’re trying to put yourself in that moment and trying to prepare yourself, to have a ‘memory’ before the game. I don’t know if you’d call it visualizing or dreaming, but I’ve always done it, my whole life.”

“when you are younger, you’re always …you’re a bit more advanced than the kids your age, so there are times on the pitch where you can see different things, but they can’t obviously see it. …It’s like you said before. They can’t calculate. I suppose it’s like when you play snooker, you’re always thinking three or four shots down the line. I suppose with football, it’s like that. You’ve got to think three or four passes where the ball is going to come to down the line. And I think the very best footballers, they’re able to see that before … Much quicker than a lot of other footballers. So …”

“You need to visualize realistic things that are going to happen in a game,” Rooney says.

That goal against Manchester City — Like he had probably visualized hundreds of times as a child. The product of an agile mind. A wonder goal.

This article is based on a real interview that appeared on espn.com as part of their build up to euro 2012. During the Interview, wayne rooney talks about how he owes his success to vision and constantly imagining scenarios and anticipating such opportunities. Despite his portrayal in the media as  a dullard, a high school drop out.. He does gets his fair share of controversy, senseless tackles that lead to suspensions (like the one that kept out of the first two matches at the euros), sleeping with hookers despite having a pregnant wife. He comes across as something of a genius. he even has a tattoo “just enough education to perform” on his arm as a reply to those who say he’s illiterate. He’s more of an instinctive player.. As a kid, From the moment he woke up till he went to bed, he thought about football..

Just look at some of the greatest athletes of all times, the speed of thought and decision making makes u wonder if they’ve done what they do before, they can see things that others can’t. If they see things which others can’t.

What is vision? Vision is the ability or power of anticipating that which may come or will come to be. Imagination. The chorus of a recent hit song goes “if u don’t have a dream, then how will you have a dream come true”

In these modern days and times, its easy to get lost in the crowd, too be too busy to even have the time to reflect and visualize, to imagine and to reflect. Vision helps to face life issues, become more efficient and to assess if you are going astray.

Let me leave you with a few quotes on the importance of having a vision:

the empires of the future are empires of the mind — winston churchill

They say you can see more with your eyes closed — eva

To the person who does not know where he wants to go, theRe is no favorable wind — seneca

Big thinking precedes great achievement — wilfred peterson

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams —

Where there is no vision, the people will perish — proverbs 29:18

Dreams are extremely important, you can’t do it if you can’t imagine it — george lucas

Its a terrible thing to see and have no vision — hellen keller

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe — gail devers

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world — oscar wilde

Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference — joel barker

We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision

Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for- because unless we stand for something we shall fall for anything — peter marshall

*hellen keller was a blind and deaf author and activist

I think there is something, more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.

Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves.They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision

It’s easy to see, hard to foresee — Benjamin Franklin

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