Sports Improvement-Just Do It

By: Sara Mendez

What if I mess up, what if I drop the ball, what if I look like a moron, what if we lose, or worse yet, injured! These are questions that run through the minds of athletes at all levels form pee-wee to Pro's. These thoughts can become so powerful and take over a players mind creating self sabotage. Everyone wants to be at their physical and mental best while playing their sport, but this can be difficult to achieve without help.

Often we set ourselves up for failure in sports when we begin to think of our flaws. For instance, a basketball player might feel too short or not fast enough. Being short may be true, but this should not effect how you play the game. Not every basketball player is tall, but if you know how to play the game, this will help you. If you are not fast enough, this is something that can be fixed, through both physical workouts and mental workouts. By identifying what limits you mentally to be slow, you can then become physically fast. It could possibly be a memory you had that is holding you back, or maybe a learned behavior. If someone continues to tell you that you are too slow, you begin to believe you are. Over coming this belief alone can be difficult.

A baseball player doesn't hit 5 home runs in a row because he was lucky, he is focused. When you are not focused and in the "zone" it is difficult to perform at your best. Focus can be lost for many reasons. Maybe there is pressure from fans or parents, a loud negative person on the court or in the stands, or maybe you simply psyched yourself out before the game even started by worrying you would have a bad game. Identifying what makes you lose focus, and learning new tricks to keep focus, you can become unstoppable and not lucky, but focused.

Bang, the gun goes off, swimmers away. Swimming has some luck to it, but ultimately it is all about the skill, not who got a lucky call which it true of many other sports. If you can learn to improve your skill level mentally, the physical improvements will follow which will allow you to create your own luck. By learning visual and mental cues, you can teach your body how to be on point and improve your skill level. When your mind has powerful successes they become easier to recreate on the court during the game.

To truly be called and athlete you must love not only the game but yourself and your team. All of these things build a better, stronger, more valuable athlete. If you are constantly worrying about how you did in the game or how bad your team mate is then you are doing yourself and team a disservice. If you were always told how bad you are a something or how if you teammate would have just passed you the ball you could have won, you are allowing these experiences to take over the game. Once you learn how to deal with these feelings and memories, you will be an amazing athlete.

Hypnosis is one way of achieving all of these things. Sure if you want to improve your skill level you can work out at the gym hours on end and sure you can try to focus on something else, but hear me out first. Hypnosis helps you to identify what your skills are and how to use them, instead of getting nervous you will be confident in your abilities. You will learn to focus on the game and not all the other distractions that can hinder your focus. While under hypnosis your mind is more relaxed and open to suggestions, you will not longer have the feeling you are sabotaging yourself.

Sports, at any level should above all be fun. You should not have to experience a worthless, anxious, or distracted feeling before you begin a game. Sure you can try other things but there is no reason to try those things when there is one blanket treatment for it. You know what works for you and your lifestyle, make your choice, but make an informed choice.

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