“Champions aren’t made in the gym. They are made of something they have deep inside of them”
Even though not everyone reading this will be a professional sports person looking to win a major world championship or an Olympic Gold Medal, but whether or not you are professional or amateur, it really doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, we humans have a few things in common with each other and they are a brain, a mind and a body. These can work for us, and against us. Hypnosis can help you take things to the next level and build your confidence by training your brain, mind and body to work in harmony. Needless to say, there are very few hypnotherapists who know as much as you do about all of the subtle techniques and skills involved in your game, and neither do they have to. Using powerful therapeutic techniques hypnotherapy can significantly help you to learn, absorb, and apply specific mental and emotional visualisation techniques deep into your subconscious mind relevant to your sport to enhance the positive dynamics and detailed aspects of your performance.
Just because someone naturally excels at their chosen sport does not automatically guarantee them being the very best there is. The people who do reach the very top do so because they possess the physical and technical skills plus the right attitude of mind, no more so than when there is huge pressure and expectations on the big occasions. We’ve all seen even some of the very best sports men and women play perfectly during their practice and warm-up, but then just at the crucial moment, they tense up, doubt creeps in and they don’t perform anywhere near their best, because they are distracted by one of many possibilities. It may be a careless mistake, an unjust decision by the referee, the pressure of the day or indeed the prize of the occasion. But the true champion remains focused in the ‘present moment’, and is neither distracted by anything from the past nor the future yet to come. (Page1/3)
Hypnosis can help sports performance on all levels, and includes those playing sports on a serious competitive level and those taking part for purely for recreation, pleasure and keeping fit. Whatever your level, reaching maximum performance is usually a just matter of getting into ‘the zone’ whereby performance is enhanced by releasing unwanted tension, anxiety and negative beliefs. With this more positive & relaxed approach to your game, clear thinking and a natural ‘flowing focus’ can occur. Once you have explored exactly where and when problems tend to arise, and then having identified what needs to change, the power of hypnosis is used to access the deeper level of the sub-conscious mind to re-program the mind away from negative thoughts and into the positive ‘solution focused’ mode. By setting a series of realistic and achievable short term goals, you can enable a powerful process of change to occur, which in turn helps realistic longer term goals become more likely, as you allow your self-belief to gather strength and momentum. Of course, the discipline of regular physical training is essential for success in sports, but the vital mind preparation cannot be overlooked. By breaking the various aspects of your game into manageable bite size chunks you can help avoid the pitfalls and distractions of looking solely at the ‘top of the mountain’, when in fact the equally crucial tasks of finely tuned mental rehearsal and visualisation allows you to see the best route to the summit. By all means have the dream of reaching the summit clearly in your mind…. but don’t let it be just a dream. So it is vital therefore to set about making a plan so all the components of both mind and body can work together in order to make the dream become reality. Take things one step at a time. (Page 2/3)
It helps to manage this ‘flow’ using a productive combination of mind and body relaxation and present moment thinking. In other words - not dwelling on mistakes and errors and not being distracted by the prize. By applying hypnosis recordings suited to your needs, you can really strengthen the positive belief cycle and at the same time learn to be both relaxed and focused to aid your performance. No matter what your aims, whether it’s to improve your swing on the golf course at weekends, to play a more relaxed game of tennis at your local club, maximize your competitive skills on the highest professional level, hypnosis can help you reach your targets.
Of course, if you are looking to be a world champion, if we look at statistics, becoming the absolute best in the world in your chosen sport, is a rare occurrence and it’s unrealistic to think that hypnotherapy alone will make this happen. Being the very best and remaining the best in anything takes a passionate unyielding desire, total mental focus, years of practice, absolute determination, self belief, sacrifice, and of course being able to deal with, learn, and move on from inevitable errors along the way. It’s also perfectly okay to enjoy what you do, at any level. (Page 3/3)
Former World Boxing Super middleweight champion who used hypnotherapy to help him on his way to his world championship title. Glenn now works as a hypnotherapist himself, specialising in sports achievement at the highest level.