When we participate in any sport at a competitive level it involves a great deal of physical control and mental focus. The mental state of an athlete during training and competition is said to impact performance. There has been a long history of hypnosis in sport. Since the 1956 Melbourne Olympics the Russians have successfully used hypnotic techniques, to improve performance and produce many champions. Indeed we don’t need to look too far in many sports to find sportsmen & women using these techniques.
Sports hypnosis works directly with the subconscious mind, the part of the mind that controls our actions and behaviours. This allows changes to be made quickly, as long as the person is willing to make those changes. This is extremely important to sports people who need to achieve getting “in the zone” when they are competing.
We can often find a number of reasons for failure when we attempt a sporting activity – doubts that lead to anxiety, bad weather and tiredness to name a few. There is an old saying ‘If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are probably right’.
We can find ourselves performing badly because we are not using our minds in a positive way. Instead there is a danger we can start to form limiting beliefs about ourselves which leave us expecting failure rather than success.
Hypnosis can help build confidence by altering our limiting self-beliefs. With the aid of visualisation techniques, we can also help prepare our mind in a positive way, for the sporting actions that are required to achieve peak performance.
You don’t have to be a top athlete to use hypnosis.
So no matter what level you compete at, or what sport you play, sports hypnosis could help maximise your potential.
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