“Think Positive.” “Mind over Matter.” “If you think you can, you can.” We’ve all heard these phrases in the locker room. Perhaps you’ve even tried to use them to improve your game with little or no success. Why wouldn’t you have? These types of phrases seem to be part of our 21st century vernacular? At the same time these phrases may have just become words to many.
Don’t give up hope. This type of thinking does work and you can truly “have game” in what ever sport you choose. You may not have been successful or as successful as you would like to have been in the past because you may not have been using your head correctly. This is to say, you may not have been using both your conscious and subconscious mind to help you accomplish your goal. Your whole mind is the key to making these phrases a reality.
The mind works, how? Our minds are comprised of two parts the conscious and the subconscious. The two working together create who we are, our actions and reactions and perceptions to the world around us, as well as the outcome of the life we choose. You must have the two working together as a team, just as in any team sport, if one team member is not working with the others or fully understands the game strategy; the score outcome is not successful.
In order to be a better team player the subconscious must believe and fully understand what the conscious wants to do or achieve. In addition the conscious must have faith and actions to match the desired goal. Once these things are in place the desired aspiration or goal is more likely to happen. Yes, you still have to practice your game. You still have to have the physical stamina but by using the power of your mind you won’t have to physically work as hard or as long.
Studies show a person’s or team’s game ability is just as good if not better from visualizing playing well 2 out of five days a week, physically practicing the other 3 days as those people or teams who only physically practice 5 days a week. Remember it is always better to “Workout smarter not harder.” AHHHH! You have now passed Mind Games 101.
Mind Games 201
Now you have a better understanding of how to use you head to master your game goals. To make the process more potent you should be in a relaxed state of mind. No, not relaxing watching TV or having a beer, it must be focused relaxation. The subconscious can better be communicated to in this state.
This is where hypnotherapy can be a useful tool. Yes, you can do the process yourself, there are several relaxation techniques available to use. However, just like many other things out there you can do yourself, such as fixing your own car or remodeling your house, a professional is often the wiser choice.
A good hypnotherapist has the education to know how to best talk to the subconscious or perhaps even lessen the potency of some of the negative things your old P.E. teacher told you back in grade school. Words that may, today, hamper your success. Do “Sissy” “You run like a pansy”, “You throw like a pansy” or expressions like these come to mind? They may or may not. Negative information like this that may be suppressed in your subconscious and will impede or hinder any goal. A good hypnotherapist can help you clear any negative information still holding you back.
The Mind is the Greatest Vessel
Our thoughts are very powerful and can be used in many ways. For example, studies show cancer cells can be halted or eradicated using the mind and visualization. Think outside the box for a moment. If our minds can do this with cancer cells, would it be possible to use our minds to change our physical body as well as using it for achieving goals and aspirations? Would it be possible to build more muscle mass, or increase your natural testosterone levels? The possibilities are endless. Perhaps, we can discuss these areas some other time. For now use your thoughts to your best advantage, not only in sports but in every facet of your life. The Mind Is The Greatest Vessel!
Danny A. Cabrera C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist/personal coach practicing in Phoenix, AZ for 19 years. He works in private one on one sessions as well as workshops/lectures helping people improve their lives. To schedule an appointment, contact Danny here or call 602-301-6551.
By Danny A Cabrera C.Ht.
Published in N’Touch New(s) Magazine 2008