Sports Performance Enhancement

Being excellent in any sport requires bothe physical and mental fitness. However, many people focus only on the physical hoping that will be enough to propel them to success. Research, on the other hand, indicates that it is actually the opposite that is true.  Sports performance has more to do with mental than physical ability and hypnosis can help.

Get In The Game

There are so many myths and misunderstanding regarding hypnosis that many athletes overlook how beneficial it may be to their performance.

While this may sound strange to many of you, the best athletes tend to be mentally prepared and possess fairly positive attitudes. We do not often think of this. Instead, we often tend to believe that the best athletes are the ones who can physically endure and score the point for their team.  However,  many of the best athletes recognize that it is their positive mental beliefs that enhance their natural ability. In fact, several athletes employ hypnotists to help them improve their game.

Uphill Battle

Have you every been playing your favorite sport  and found yourself thinking one of the following?

  • What if I don’t do my best?
  • The coach is counting on me.
  • I don’t want to let my teammates down.

A lot of the things we say to ourselves, our self-talk, is negative and self-defeating.  This only makes it harder for someone to excel and perform optimally.

Worse yet, every thought that passes through our minds can immediately impact or cause physical changes in our body.  This means that our mental state can directly impact how we move and cause distractions from our goals.  This is a part of the reason why some people play better when it is just for fun or during practice than they do in the actual game.

The good news is that these forms of negative self-talk that often lead to self-fulfilling prophecies are avoidable.

Mental Control

One of the things that the most successful athletes are able to do is control their state of mind. This gives them a distinct psychological advantage which helps prevent them from making mistakes due to nerves or overthinking the play.  This mental control can also involve anxiety issues and other emotional struggles. Control of negative thoughts and emotions is the basis of sports psychology and can often be enhanced through hypnosis.

In addition to controlling mental perceptions, patterns, and behaviors, athletes often refer to being in the ‘zone’.  Athletes describe the ‘zone’ as that mental state in which they find themselves absorbed in the moment.  The athlete may feel like the distractions outside of the game melt away.  This is the state of mind that many athletes wish they could find themselves in more often.  Athletes often say that this is when they are performing their best.  Hypnosis can often help athletes find the ‘zone’ so they can use that mindset to enhance their sports performance.

Sports Performance and Hypnosis

Hypnosis seeks to engage athletes in positive thought patterns so as to help them focus on their goals and achieve them.  It does not matter what sport you play. If you are seeking a way to increase your sports performance, hypnosis can help.

You too can use hypnosis to improve and enhance your mental attitude. Maybe you need to relax and remove anxieties or boost your confidence. Or maybe you need to learn to maintain composure, overcome distractions or fears, and gain confidence in your own abilities.  Whatever the reason, hypnosis can help you achieve any of these aspirations.

Ultimately, the brain doesn’t distinguish between doing something or imagining doing something.  If the mind can imagine it or believe in it, it is capable of making it happen. Tapping into the power of the unconscious can help you tune into your own potential for success.

Hypnosis can help athletes:

  • Improve their confidence and self-belief.
  • Remove negative thoughts or beliefs
  • Increase motivation and dedication
  • Use deep relaxation and concentration to imagine success.
  • Maintain composure and overcome distractions.

If you are interested in learning more about how the process works, please visit our How Hypnosis Works page.