Raise Your Game
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It’s no secret that Olympic athletes, Grand Slam tennis players and Open Championship golfers often improve sports performance by incorporating imagery and mental rehearsal into their practice routines. What is less well known is how effective hypnosis can be in this process. Self-hypnosis enables you to imagine yourself rehearsing and refining the perfect swing, scoring the perfect goal or running the perfect marathon.
Hypnotherapy can profoundly improve sports performance by using our inner belief that success can be ours and, in sport, belief is everything. Mental flow involves positive state management. In other words, getting into that championship state more often and just when you need to.
Hypnotherapy can put you in a zone where your ability flows with a dynamic energy which drives you to maximum potential . It taps into your own unique superpowers and gives you the best chance of winning.
Have you ever known you were going to score a goal before you even made contact with the ball? Have you ever felt invincible, as if it was your day and nothing could possibly go wrong? This state of performance is sometimes known as a peak experience or being ‘in the zone’ and it can be achieved with self-hypnosis to improve sports performance.
Believe in yourself
The difference between winning and losing is a mindset. If you think you can, you’re probably right. If you think you can’t…..
There’s a theory that it takes at least 10,000 hours of practice to achieve peak performance. To put that much time in requires commitment, dedication, determination, discipline and passion. Without the passion, we don’t go the full course.
So, you have to really care about winning and being your best to cross the line first. For many years, education policy in schools has been that everyone’s a winner. That’s not how the real world turns. If you want to be the best, you have to be better than everyone else. If you want to be better than everyone else, you have to compete.
Hypnotherapy helps winners win by:
- relaxing and calming, making way for clear thinking,
- focusing undivided attention on a chosen goal and intensifying concentration,
- creating a clear vision of winning through ‘rehearsals’ of your best performance,
- stimulating mental agility to practise strategies to stay ahead of opponents and pre-empt their moves,
- overcoming mental barriers and doubts through the power of positive thinking.
What did Muhammed Ali do?
Legendary boxer Muhammed Ali famously summed up his absolute belief in his ability: ‘I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I was really the greatest.’ He hypnotised the world, and his opponents, into believing he was invincible in the ring.
Can you improve athletic performance?
The grit and drive which fuels talent and ability is something we all have within us when our effort is directed towards playing to our strengths. Whether you discover your strengths depends on luck and opportunity. There must be many great equestrians who’ve never got on a horse or Olympic standard pole vaulters who never had space to practice.
If you’re lucky enough to find a sport which you can afford, a place to practice and dedicated coaches, then you have a chance to improve sports performance and achieve something special.
The drive to be a winner is then down to you. Training for success is both a physical and mental process. The best sportsmen and women are iconic heroes, not just because of their amazing skills but because they represent all that we aspire to be. They are role models because of the character and tenacity which put them on the medal winner’s podium or in the premier division team. Not only were they born with specific physical potential but they also had the right mix of circumstances and environment to become superstars.
Focus Your Efforts
No matter what sport you do, if you’re looking to improve sports performance, focus your mind on the goal then give us a call and we’ll help you stay in the zone and optimise your performance.