Sport Cheats

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Based on the Internet games cheats, I have decided to “label” my FB Page “Sport Cheats”

I am in the process of setting up my Page,

https://www.facebook.com/sportcheats

which maybe what led you to this blog.

I am now available for consultation,particularly focussed on Athletes (but of course we can all do with alittle help)

If I didn’t mention it before I have nearly 40yrs background in sport and coaching and a Degree in Sport & Exercise.

I also compete sucsessfully in Masters events on an International basis.

Couple this to Master level in NLP plus EFT and Clinical Hypnosis means I can put together a package to assist

you in maximising your desire to suceed in your chosen sport.

Keep watching this and other blogs for a wealth of information.  And if you want to personalise it give me a call.

I will answer your comments.

Attitude Gets It Every Time

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How hard is it to train your heart out only to be let down by nerves at the point of competition?

For years I have taught athletes to be in control of their emotions, and I have , of course, used it to great advantage myself.

I never was a ‘gifted’ athlete and failed miserably at school sports.  I took up coaching when there was no one else to do the job  Then left it until I discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming and was approached by an athlete to take over her training.  So, yes, I thought I could use NLP to advantage as a coach.

That worked well until EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, came along and realy made a difference.  I introduced it to some of my athletes but only a few would acknowledge it’s value.  Probably because it’s ‘new age’ stuff and secondly our tough as nails athletes would not admit to having a need for ‘nerve cure’.

EFT has made some wonderful differences to some lives I have touched, including mine, and I first used it for myself in the sporting context at my first national comp five years ago.  The result was unimpressive for me as it took three days for my emotions to agree that I had won my first two Gold medals.  No elation when crossing the line, just ‘Ho hum, I’ve come first’.

So having left EFT almost dormant, except for myself, I was pleasantly surprised to find Dr Silvia Hartmann has taken it to a new level, way past ‘ho hum’ to ‘what absolute joy’.  Impressed enough to enter her Master Certification Course and re-enter the Proffesional EFT field.

This is about Emotional Body Energy.  When it flows, you feel great.  When it doesn’t you feel crap.  This is how to make it work for you.

Achieve a Quiet Mind

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Do you have what is termed ‘the monkey mind’?

Incessant chatter in your head that stops you from concentrating on relaxation (or goal setting, or meditation).

There is an extremely simple method of quieting the chatter, with very little practice.

Imagine you are holding a giant fish bowl in front of you.  As each random thought comes to mind imagine it to go from your mind into the bowl.  when you have a collection of these thoughts imagine tipping the bowl right over your head and as they flow like liquid to the cervical plexus, the nerve bundle in the neck/shoulder area.  This junction for the central nervous system seem to have the ability to also sort out and deal with errant thoughts program manager on your computer. [pretty sure this came from Silvia Hartmann]

Sometimes these thoughts will try to keep us awake at night.  Usually looking for a solution that could not be resolved untill the start of business next day.  After you have delivered your thoughts to the fish bowl, instruct your body in this manner;

OK, all you cells need recovery, except for those who are doing repair work overnight.  Lungs, I am instructing you to breathe deeply to allow oxygen into the blood stream to nourish the cells.  Heart, I am instructing you to pump the oxygen from the lungs to the deepest and remotest corners of the body. Brain, I am instructing you to set your frequency for deep and peaceful sleep.

Once you have practiced taking control of your ability to sleep you will find that you have to be quick with the instructions to the cells, because you may be asleep before you finish the instructions.

(I am indebted to whoever first alerted me to actually give my brain specific instructions.  I am usually asleep within 30 seconds)

The Elusive “Zone”

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Every Athlete wants to access the “Zone”, that perfect state of mind in which they can create their best performance.

This is the state in which the athlete separates mind from body to allow the body to function automatically at the highest skill level whilst the ‘mind’ looks on and manages external environment.

Ten steps to achieving the “Zone”.

1.  Achieve full physical relaxation.

There are so many ways to do this from simple breathing exercises to meditation.

Determine your most chosen preference, seeing, hearing or feeling.

Seeing (or visual) just means forming a picture in your mind of a soothing picture or scene where you can relax and enjoy the moment.

Hearing (or auditory) is listening to relaxing music or imagining it in your head.

Feeling (or kinesthetic) can be anything from controled breathing to progressive muscle relaxation.

Let’s try a sample of each;

Imagine a place where you can be totally at ease, safe , secure, with friends or alone.  Explore all facets of your ‘sanctuary’ and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

Put your earphones on (real or imagined) and listen to soft, gentle music or sounds.  Imagine yourself playing various instruments along with the other performers.  Realise that you can be a whole orchestra in your head if you want tro be.

Be aware of all the muscles in your body, starting from the scalp to the toes.  Tense and release each muscle all the way down.  Tensing up on the in breath and relaxing on the out breath.  Finally tense all the muscles at once, then let them all go.  As you relax deeper and deeper check that all the muscles are letting go.  Lay there and enjoy.

Trying to relax in the middle of pandemonium can be quite difficult ( and maybe not a wise thing) but taking small steps in that direction is easier than trying to jump from anxiety to calm.  Just try to think of a ‘better’ thought.

Three things to think about;

Where would you love to be.

Who would you love to be.

What would you love to have.

 

Whose Voice is That?

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Most of the factors preventing an athlete achieving optimum performance (the best they can be) come down to self esteem.

This shows up more in their ‘self talk’ than anywhere else, so I now ask them to be aware of the ‘internal’ voice when they consider their long & short term goals, and to start ‘tapping ‘ on any negative beliefs.

We will deal with tapping later on but in NLP terms let’s examine the ‘voice’.  Whose voice is it?  Does it sound like someone you know?  Are the words & phrases familiar, perhaps learned from someone you know?  Think about the tonality, timbre & volume as well as where in your head the voice is located.

Once you have identified  (some of)  these points start to imagine how it would be if they were  a little different.  For example; would there be less emotional impact if the voice were softer, more loving or kind?  Would it matter if the voice were to sound like Bugs Bunny or Shreck?  Could you actually replace the whole thing with words imagined from a mentor or someone you trust or admire?  Words of consolation or inspiration?

The wonderful thing about imagination is that that is all it is even though we think of it as real.  The best thing is that we can change it to whatever we want.  It’s up to us.

Performance Goals

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All the books written about achievment seem to have one thing in common; they all stress the need for a goal.  Fortunately, in sport, the physical goals are easily defined, a time to better, a medal to win.  Mental goals are usually less clear.  what is ‘mental toughness’, ‘focus’, ‘in the zone’?  How does one stay calm under pressure but keep the adrenaline flowwing?

Previously I have used relaxation techniques and visualisation based on Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).  Whilst this has taken many years to acquire to Professional level it has paid dividends in the results my athletes achieve.  Now we can shortcut a lot of programming with EFT and the path towards the mental goals is a lot easier.

 

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