Natural athletic ability, practice, and opportunity can give the leading edge you need to become a great athlete, but one mental block can take you down.
Most athletes know that one of the most important keys to great sports performance lies in the ability to keep a strong mental game.
If an athlete allows himself or herself to start self-sabotage or let a mental block in their head, they cannot only lose their winning edge but the ability to perform.
Athletes coming to me for many reasons, here are a few:
- Baseball players cannot hit for fear of striking out.
- Cheerleaders stop tumbling due to fear of falling.
- Tennis players lose emotional control if they aren’t winning.
- Golfers get stuck and forget how to swing, due to stress.
- Runners, psyching themselves into having no endurance.
- Basketball players refusing to shoot in fear of failing the coach and team.
- Twirlers, with sweaty hands, dropping the baton due to anxiety.
All of these athletes were high performers in the past, but something triggered a mental block that they could not remove on their own.
When you are dealing with the subconscious mind reacting to a trigger that creates a response, the more it feeds off of itself. This trigger response reward cycle can become very hard to break.
Our subconscious brain is approximately 90% of our minds, it stores habits, fears, emotions, and blocks. When we want to change or remove these behaviors, we need to be able to bypass the conscious brain and work directly to insert healthy new patterns.
Our conscious brain is analytical thinking area of the mind, therefore, not open to change, more of a gatekeeper, making it hard to overcome fears, anxiety, and blocks. Hypnosis, (a guided meditative or relaxed state) allows easier access to the subconscious mind, which is more open to modifications, you want to make.
Repetition and belief help remove blocks in the subconscious brain effectively. When the previous trigger is experienced we replace it with a healthier response and a more rewarding outcome.
Replacing faulty blocks with good scenarios, allows an athlete to regain confidence and return to their previous sports performance easily and effortlessly.
Many times I help athletes learn to shut out distractions and stress, so they do not allow blocks back in.
Keep your mental game strong focused and be aware it is as important as your physical ability.
If you need help getting your head back in the game, please contact me today!