Exercise -Fitness -Athletic -Sport -Performance -Motivation

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Contest - Competitive Mind-set -Performance -In the Zone

To master any skill and achieve a correct performance mind-set we must progress through four stages of learning from conscious incompetence to unconscious competence.

Once we have achieved competence,in sports like football, tennis, golf or cricket or other athletic pursuits - like skiing, running or pole-vaulting, success and enjoyment both depend on re-connecting with  the right performance mind-set.

This means re-connecting with the free-flowing unconscious pattern which is commonly referred to as being in the zone.

Sometimes performance becomes ‘ flakey ’  motivation drops or people lose their edge in contest or competition.  Somehow they have lost the right sense of connection between the actual activity and the desired outcome.

This may happen because of injury, over-exercise or just over time.  They lose the rhythm - easy performance drops off and they find themselves overly-conscious of the struggle to maintain what they are doing or to reconnect with the patterns that supported their former capability.

Other pre-occupations can then enter. In most such activities being overly focused on the opposition - real or imagined - can detract from our own performance of game plan.

Cognitive behavioural techniques can be used to analyse the essential elements of the successful pattern and to identify what may be missing in the current athletic performance. Hypnosis and NLP can often enable the old competence to be re-learned from a different perspective.  Thus it renovates the old skills or commitment through their being experienced in a different way.

Erickson achieved this very remarkably with the American Olympic Rifle Shooting Team. They thought they had reached a plateau in performance beyond which they could not progress. He taught them to allow the sights to wander freely over the target and to release the shot at the right time instead of straining to hold the weapon completely still  before firing.  Thus by learning how to become less rigid in the demands they placed on of themselves they performed better.

   Copyright ©Keith Bibby - Clapham January 2011                                                                                            < Back