Enhancing Sports Performance with Hypnosis
Any athlete at any level understands the importance of having a coach. All professionals use other experts to enhance their skills. If you are involved in any type of organized sports program most likely you are mentored by some kind of coaching on your skills and tactic. Just as it is important to have a coach to enhance your physical performance, it’s equally important to sharpen your mental performance. It does not matter if you are a professional or a weekend warrior, hypnosis is a great tool to help you reach your goals.
Hypnosis is one of the best ways to improve your sports performance. In every sport our ability to focus and control our emotions helps us perform at our peak potential. Our potential is only limited by our negative thoughts. Our fears and negative thoughts come from our subconscious programming. Therefore the key to peak performance is being able to clear out our subconscious clutter and allow the subconscious mind to work to our advantage.
The subconscious mind is a very powerful tool we have to create what we want in any area of our lives. In sports 90% of how we perform depends on the programming of the subconscious mind. Athletes are most familiar with this phenomenon. They understand the importance of making the right decision (quick reaction) in a split second. Anyone is more than capable of reprogramming his or her subconscious mind by using hypnosis to become successful.
Therapeutic hypnosis is a great tool to enhance confidence and remove mental blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. Therapeutic hypnosis allows you to reprogram your subconscious mind so you can gain more control over your desired outcome.
Hypnosis is an excellent tool to help athletes in the following areas:
- Increase self-confidence
- Increase self-esteem
- Improve performance
- Increase Endurance
- Alleviate pre-competition anxiety
- Remove distractions
- Overcome mental obstacles
- Remove any negative thoughts
- Increase concentration and focus
- Increase motivation & determination
- Adjust body weight
- Better decision making
- Enhancing teamwork
- Positive reframing of past negative experiences
Sports figures who have used Hypnosis
Rod Carew, he had a nagging injury that threatened his career in 1976. Through hypnosis, he turned the lingering pain into a .400 batting average.
Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Maury Wills, Don Sutton, Mark McGwire reported using sports hypnosis to be able to relax for their baseball games.
Steve Stone, a pitcher in Major League Baseball. In 1980 he was an American League All Star, finishing the season with a record of 25–7. He is one of the best Jewish pitchers in major league history.
Phil Jackson, the “Zen Master” one of the greatest coaches in the history of NBA, winner of 11 titles as a coach, has used mediation and hypnosis for his championship basketball teams with the Bulls and Lakers.
Michael Jordan, 6 time NBA champion “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.”
Kobe Bryant, one the best players and scorers in National Basketball Association League, he is currently holder of 5 NBA championships.
Ken Norton, only the second man to defeat Muhammad Ali as a professional, used hypnosis to defeat Ali in the 1973 fight where Ken was a 7-1 underdog. Ali began using hypnosis soon after.
Ingemar Johansson, he was named the Associated Press male Athlete of the year in 1959. He used Sports Hypnosis training to win the heavyweight boxing title from Floyd Patterson.
Greg Louganis, an Olympic gold medalist who is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games
Boomer Esiason, NFL quarterback, on November 10, 1996 Esiason threw for the 3rd best passing yardage day in NFL history, with 522 yards in a 37-34 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins.
Freeman McNeil, Jets second all-time leading rusher with 8,074 yards. In 1982, McNeil led the NFL in rushing with 786 yards. He is one of a few running backs in NFL history to average 4.0 yards per carry in every season he played.
A San Fernando Valley Catholic High School Football team used hypnosis to achieve an undefeated season after repeatedly being last place in their league.
Tiger Woods began seeing Jay Brunza at the age of 13 for hypnosis and mental training. Tiger Woods was formerly the world number one golf player and highest paid athlete for several years. He has won 16 World Golf Championships.
Phil Mickelson, he has won four major championships and total of 40 event total in the PGA Tour.
Mary Lou Retton, the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title. In 1984, Time magazine reported that she used hypnosis to prepare for the L.A. Olympics to block the pain in her injured foot to win the Gold Medal.
Wayne Gretzky, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, nickname “The Greatest One” has been named “the greatest hockey player ever”. He holds the record for most points scored and most assists in NHL.
Many soccer teams in the English Premier league use imagery to picture themselves performing particular skills and actions during a game and hypnosis to relax their mind, narrow their attention and remove distractions.
Jimmy Connors, winner of 8 grand slams singles, and 2 grand slams doubles. He used Sports Hypnosis for his U.S. Open Tennis wins.
Beijing 2008 Olympics: The only 2 shooters who won Gold Medals for the U.S. worked with a hypnotist.
Beijing 2008: A hypnotist cured Australian Gold Medalist, Steve Hooker, of his fear in pole vaulting.
In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the Russian team took with them no less than 11 hypnotists. Mental training was also responsible for the Russians winning more gold medals in the 1976 Olympics than any other country.
Holistic approach is the most Beneficial
One thing all athletes in any sport have in common is that they all have a subconscious mind. As any other area of our lives, there is a formula for success in sports as well. Most of us know what we have to do cognitively, however we have difficulty taking action and producing results. The resistance we have towards taking action comes from the protective nature of the subconscious mind.
Each individual has a unique perspective to the challenges he or she is facing and requires a uniquely formulated program to produce the desired outcome.
I believe that the most efficient and effective approach to create a rapid yet solid outcome is though a holistic approach. As human beings we are mind, body and soul and to thrive in any endeavor all aspects of our being have to work together in harmony. By realizing the uniqueness of each individual I follow a proven process that has helped many athletes achieve great success.
Overview of the process:
A- Identify the problem
In most cases there is a surface issue, however there may be a deeper reason for the particular challenge that needs to be identified such as: mental focus, worries, doubts, anxieties and frustrations.
Is the athlete having fun and still enjoying the game?
What’s causing errors, missed plays, lack of execution?
B- Identify motivation
How is the athlete motivated? Is the main motivator intrinsic or extrinsic? What are the beliefs, doubts and expectations?
C- Change the perception of the issue:
1) Solutions 2) The Mental Core 3) Rituals & Practices
Anxiety occurs when the mind’s perception of an experience exceeds its physical ability to perform, for example when we face an opponent that we know is very good. When the mind’s perception of an experience is one that’s attainable, then we have confidence. Boredom Occurs when mind’s perception of an experience isn’t challenging.
1) Instate learning 2) Envivo 3) Monoideism
Effective techniques that make it all come together, hypnosis is the mental edge every athlete is searching for.
Are you ready to discover your amazing potential and how it feels to be the top performer of your team?
Are you ready to reach your peak potential in every aspect of your game?
Are you ready to take your game to the next level?