Most athletes would agree that winning in sports is more than simply
being athletically the best. It is also about winning the mind game.
For example, before Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, most
runners thought that it was not possible to run a mile in under
4 minutes. However after he broke the record, many other people
have also run the 4 minute mile. So the question is, what changed?
One major factor that changed was the belief that it was possible
or not. Beliefs can limit or they can empower people - your beliefs
in your ability or what is possible will determine your results.
NLP training offers many useful techniques that can help athletes
perform better. One area is in helping to change limiting beliefs
and creating empowering beliefs that will positively impact performance.
Many people are not aware of what limiting beliefs they have, so
the first thing to do would be to become aware of what these beliefs
are. One way to do this is to notice areas that you feel blocked
or not achieving everything you want. Think about what your beliefs
are in your ability and what is stopping you from achieving the
results you want. It can be good to work with someone to help to
find these beliefs. NLP has various techniques to help change limiting
beliefs - on the Practitioner Level training you will learn the
very effective sub modality belief change, and simple belief change
process. At the Master Practitioner Level you learn other methods
include values re-alignment and belief re-imprinting. For now, you
might think about what you would like to believe instead and act
as if this was true. For many people, this can be a very effective
way of changing beliefs.
Another way that Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) can help your sports performance is
through powerful visualization techniques. Through visualizing the
way you would like to perform the technique before you do it, you
are training your neurology to do things in the right way.
very successful martial arts teacher used an NLP based technique
to help his students learn the techniques effectively. First he
would demonstrate the technique performed correctly. Then he would
get his students to close their eyes and imagine seeing themselves
doing the same technique in the same way. Finally, he would get
them to imagine performing the techniques and imagine feeling what
it would be like. Finally, he would get the students to perform
You can use a similar approach to improve your own performance,
following these steps:
- Visualize someone performing the way you want
- Visualize seeing yourself perform in the same
- Visualize actually performing the technique,
seeing, feeling and hearing everything as if you were actually