“I’m in the zone” How often do you hear that phrase from sports people/athletes? What does it mean though?
The zone is a highly focused state where nothing else exists other than your singular goal. The 100m sprinter would see the finishing line and nothing else. No other thought is going through their mind other than being first over the finishing line. They can’t hear the crowd of 80000 people, they can’t see what else is going on in the stadium/on the track. They’re not aware of the temperature outside of their body. It’s just them, the finish, the zone.
In order to achieve your sporting goals you need ‘the zone’ level of focus. If you are distracted then you’re not completely focused so your chances of reaching your goals/targets will decrease and your competitors will have the edge. Much research suggests that mental abilities in sports is of greater importance than physical abilities. So many times you hear of an athlete’s dip in form yet they are in peak physical fitness, so the dip in form comes from negative beliefs or distracting thoughts in the mind impeding on physical function.
Using hypnosis for sporting performance can mean the difference between winning and losing. Hypnosis can give you the mental edge you need to win by bringing you back into the zone by focusing your mind and allowing you to put aside distractions so winning is your only option!
Tiger Woods is an excellent example of an incredible athlete who has used hypnosis in the past to achieve a phenomenal level of success in golf. He has reportedly been utilising powerful self-hypnosis techniques since his early teens. Not only has he used it to visualise every swing and stroke in his mind before carefully executing it on the course, he also uses it to “get in the zone”.
Another way that hypnosis can help sports people and athletes is in dealing with pain and injuries. Techniques can be taught that allow minor pain to be put aside for the goal of winning. Relaxation methods can also be particularly helpful when it comes to managing pain which is a part of most sports. Hypnosis can also help athletes recover more quickly from a sports injury and much research supports the use of hypnosis to speed up recovery time from injury. By accelerating the recovery time the athlete can return to practice and competition more quickly, which can be very important for athletes competing at the highest levels.
Hypnosis can help pre, during and post competition and if top athletes are using it then you can too!