When the game is on the line, is your mind your best friend or your worst enemy?
Choking under pressure, losses in concentration, the inability to recover after a mistake, unable to do in the game what you do in practice are all examples of how your own mind can be your worst enemy when the pressure to perform is on.
Maybe you're coming back into a sport from an injury and just can't seem to get it right? Or maybe you feel that when the going gets tough, you've lost that spark, sometimes known as the edge.
Here's how hypnotherapy and hypnosis can help
You may have tried meditation, or positive thinking or even hypnotic visualisation, but that hasn't helped. In fact it may have highlighted the frustration at being unable to sort it out.
If there's a deep seated or hidden underline emotional block that's holding you back, then hypnotherapy can help get to the root cause and clear that block.
To find out more, call me on 01772 499046, or email me by clicking here.
Often its the thought and subsequent fear of aggravating an old injury that can hold us back.
Rafael Nadal said he had feared winning an eighth French Open title would be "impossible" when a serious knee injury sidelined him for nearly eight months.
This limiting thought process is common and if it goes unchecked or dealt with, it can set up a whole chain of negative thoughts and feelings that then become a self fulfilling prophesy.
Because the conscious mind is limited in what it can do at any one time, if we focus on not screwing the shot, or not gripping the putter or racket too tightly. Then guess what, that's what we'll get.
We do so many things automatically and unconsciously, without thinking. Our conscious mind only gets in the way as it stops us.
Does this sound familiar
Take a moment and think about any aspect of your game. As an example taking that 20 yards putt. Consider all the calculations that you unconscious has to perform. It has to take into consideration the wind speed, your balance and posture, grip pressure, muscle tension, the angle of the green, the grain and so many other unconscious factors that you probably aren't aware of, such as whats going on around you.
The last thing your unconscious automatic mind wants is the blabber mouthed thinking mind interfering by warning it to not grip too tight, or make sure your feet and shoulders are square, is my head still? Is that the best line? What if I move a little to the left? Or worst still you remind yourself of how you missed it last time, so focus and get this one right because this is the big one. With the thinking mind throwing all this at us, is it any wonder we lock up and everything becomes stiff and robotic!
Give this a go to see how it works!
Say the alphabet out loud from A to Z as quickly as you can. It should take you around 5 or 6 seconds.
Now, to help make it faster say the alphabet out loud again but this time only say every second letter.
So did you manage to get more than 4 or 5 letters out in the same time? Probably not, because the thinking mind bevame involved.
But do this excercise enough times and your unconscious mind takes over and it becomes a natural and automatic behaviour. We can do it without thinking.
There may be several reasons why we lose focus, and pressure of the big event is certainly one of them. But often there are more deeply rooted blocks and reasons why, and in some cases these have become an automatic process, we have learned to fluff that shot, or fold under pressure. Often because its become an unconscious process we even expect the negative response and so look for it, and we can always find it.
Top managers and sports professionals believe that competition is 80% mental and 20% physical, and so with the help of hypnotherapy you can tap into that 80% to get the best out of yourself or your team.
What's the cost per session?
The cost per session is £60, with each session lasting around 2 hours.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies from person to person, in some cases there is the one session miracle where we get to the root and dig it out. In most cases its a process and typically 3 to 6 sessions may be needed. Part of the reason is that these issues have become compounded over time.
What's the next step?
If you're struggling to regain your form, or would like help improving your game, or your teams game, then contact me and see how Hypnotherapy can help you get into the zone.
Should you have any questions about hypnotherapy and how I can help you achieve personal positive change, then please do call me on 01772 499046, or email me by clicking here.
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Hypnotherapy help to overcome emotional and mental blocks which are affecting your performance and potential, Leyland Lancashire