It involves the ability to recognize unexpected situations, quickly consider various possible responses, and decide on the best one.
It means performing well at the highest levels, by having the ability not only to think well but to think flexibly and quickly.
Positive visualization exercises are undoubtedly powerful (they solidify and clarify your mental representations of your desired skill, to keep you on track), but there may also be a place for Negative Visualization - visualizing potential obstacles or setback that might arise during a performance.
Deep work means performing professional activities in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capacities to their limit.
In order to truly improve your ability to focus, you must work at a high enough level that your attentional abilities are genuinely challenged and forced to grow and adapt to a higher level of achievement.
Divergent Thinking is the mental muscle that is thought to underly creativity. It involves generating multiple solutions or possibilities based on a single data point or idea.
Working for extended periods with full concentration and no distractions, on a single task requires: