SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACHING - Did you know ....
Many successful Sports Personalities have used coaching hypnotherapy and NLP to help with their performance. It is widely documented that many sports personalities have benefitted from talking therapies and these include leading people in the world of equestrianism, tennis, golf - to name but a few. Success requires many elements including focus, concentration, self belief and motivation.
You can improve your concentration and perform at your best
I see many people who express concerns about rising levels of anxiety spoiling their focus and concentration and ultimately their physical ability, due to the spiral of tension that anxiety creates. We all know that loss of concentration spoils our ability to perform at our best. The object of NLP and hypnotherapy in sports performance is to free up your motivation from negative emotions and restraints and to help you construct an enabling way forward and therefore increase your personal confidence; this way you can perform at you best and develop self belief.
Hypnosis and NLP can help you towards confidence and self belief
Hypnosis and NLP are successful in helping with emotional and psychological problems that may be holding a person back. Hypnosis deals with our unconscious – and in simple terms, we may be running old unwanted strategies and behaviours which are actually disabling us and causing anxiety. For example, have you ever wished away the old states of anxiety or caution that regular creep back into your thoughts, such states that may well be linked to past events and that actually really have no bearing whatsoever on your present situation?
When we function in our normal everyday behaviour, we do so without even thinking about it. So, having asked yourself this question, “am I running old strategies that are disabling me? ” Now ask,” “what would I like to change?” Start now to make notes and to become more aware of any negative behaviour patterns you could change.
The benefit in controlling unwanted anxiety and emotions to increase your focus
We’ve discussed that first it’s about recognising negative emotions and sometimes we don’t know what’s going wrong. Remember, you’re not alone! So now the question is, what would you like to achieve? Perhaps there’s a sportsperson you admire. Most of us have read various media stories of top athletes who have used therapies or sports psychology and we admire those with the most mental control. Whilst few of us will reach the Olympics, most of us want the pleasure in setting ourselves certain achievable goals and feeling the pleasure of success. And success increases our confidence and our sense of well being. Therefore .....
Which Sportsperson do you admire – How NLP can help you to model successful behaviour
NLP is an effective constructive tool in helping a person to move away from limiting behaviours and to reframe an enabling position. From this enabling position of growth we can use our motivation to set up states of confidence towards achievable goals . How? ....
NLP provides the tools to model the selected behaviours of successful people and in so doing you can construct new conscious processes which include reframing your position by: -
- Recognising and disabling negative states and fears thereby ...
- Enabling yourself to remove mental obstacles to your success
- Replacing disabling states with new enabling strategies
- Freeing up your emotions by future pacing your realistic new goals
If you have read my earlier page on hypnosis, you can probably see now how effective both conscious and unconscious therapy can be when used together by an advanced therapist.
Tailored Therapy for Confidence
We’re all individuals with our separate experiences and memories. Therefore tailored therapy – as briefly described above, ensures that suitable goals are set for each individual. Tailored therapy promotes ego strengthening (confidence) through
- Developing a Positive Self image in line with your belief structure
- Teaching conscious coping mechanisms to manage stress
- Teaching optimum visualisation techniques for self belief
- Moving away from disabling beliefs to ones of success!
- What does it mean – “to be the best you can be”
This is an individual question for you to decide, however, the answer requires physical fitness and therefore emotional strength to enable this.
Hypnosis is now widely used for pain control. It is a highly successful method of pain reduction and utilities various states within trance through visualisation. Consequently, and in simple terms, hypnosis can help reduce pain through dissociative states and the production of endorphins – the body’s natural way to block pain. Hypnosis can also be used with medication in which case a lower dosage will often suffice. I have used it successfully with sports injuries and serious illnesses.
Sara Howard is a qualified BHS riding instructor and she has successfully competed.
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