You may spend many hours training for your particular sport; you could be a swimmer who goes to the pool and practices every day, perhaps as much as four hours a day. You could be a footballer or rugby player or you are out every day perfecting your golf swing. You could be in peak physical condition, but for some reason you are not doing as well as you would like. Your subconscious mind could be putting obstacles in the way. The thought of failing or appearing foolish can trigger fear, or you may feel intimidated by other competitors who you think may be ‘better’ at your sport. If you feel intimidated or fearful this can affect your performance, you don’t breathe correctly, or your muscles could tighten up, which then holds you back from giving your best performance. All the training you do may not get you the result you desire if you haven’t also trained your mind. You need to see, sense and feel that you are successful.
Many professional sportsmen and women have started to use hypnosis as a way of boosting their performance. For example, if you watch Tiger Woods when he is playing golf, he will blink three times to get himself ‘into the zone’, that is his trigger to help him enhance his performance. He has reportedly been using hypnosis since his early teens, it is said that he will visualise every stroke and swing in his mind before carefully executing these on the course. Hypnosis can also help with calming nerves before a game and helping the athlete to be 100% focussed.