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Sports hypnosis to enhance sports and athletic performance
Sports Hypnotist Martin Kiely has worked with athletes from the following sports:
- Gaelic Hurling and Football
- Road Bowling
- Martial Arts
- Motor Racing
You can reach your personal best by harnessing the power of your subconscious mind!
Sports hypnosis offers the following potential benefits that may help athletes handle personal challenges that would otherwise negatively affect sporting performance.
Sports Hypnosis can help you:
- Get the winning edge?
- Enhance your concentration and focus?
- Train and play with greater intensity?
- Build confidence and optimism?
- Remain poised in any competitive situation?
- Replace doubt with positive self-talk?
- Reduce anxiety and stress for peak performance?
Get in the zone today. Now you too can get that competitive edge in any sport you choose. Try the same cutting-edge hypnosis techniques that many star athletes currently use.
Hypnosis is an extremely effective means of improving sporting performance. It will enhance motivation and completely concentrate the mind, enabling the individual to stay focused and completely free from all distractions. More and more top competitors are using sports hypnosis techniques taught to them by hypnotherapists, and quite a number of these competitors are, or have been World champions.
It has become somewhat fashionable for top-line fighters to use sports hypnosis as Nigel Benn did before his WBC Championship fight against Gerald McClellan in London in February 1995. Hypnosis is used to focus fighters on their task ahead by making them reflect on their moves in the boxing ring.
In March 1995 Steve Collins hired the services of a hypnotist to help his preparation for the WBO Super-Middleweight Title Clash with Chris Eubank. Collins entered the ring to the music of ‘Rocky’. Collins won the World Middleweight Title in Milstreet, Co. Cork Ireland on
18th March 1995. The phrase printed on the back of his black T-shirt said – “Powerful thoughts make powerful people.”
Interestingly the film from which the music Collins was listening to ‘Rocky’ was in fact born out of sports hypnosis. Sylvester Stallone is one person who will testify that hypnosis works.
After 10 unsuccessful years trying to reach stardom, Stallone after using the service of hypnotist, Gil Boyne, from LA, finally got the courage to submit a script about an up-and-coming boxer to a major Hollywood producer. The story became the Rocky/film saga. But even after Stallone got his big break, he feared that he didn’t have the talent to pull off a major motion picture, again hypnosis scripts and tapes helped him.
Sports Hypnosis is equally effective in all sports and is used by professionals and amateurs alike. Olympic athletes use self-hypnosis to help them achieve top performance. United States teams and those of other nations recognize that the power of mental rehearsal is equally as important as physical practice. Russian teams are taught mental conditioning from the outset of training.
For the average person, hypnotherapy cannot turn a golfing duffer into an international champion. Factors, skills and abilities other than mental are involved. But hypnosis can be used to enable a player to achieve his or her personal best!
Time Magazine reported, in a cover story on the 1984 Olympics, that on the night before the finals in women’s gymnastics Mary Lou Retton, then age 16, lay in bed at Olympic Village mentally rehearsing her performance ritual. She had done the same on hundreds of previous nights, visualizing herself performing all her routines perfectly – imaging in her mind all the moves and rehearsing them again and again.
The result, of course, was a performance of perfection, presented with charm, poise and confidence, culminating in a gold medal.
“What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve!”
Proof of that statement has been provided countless times. Mary Lou pictured a perfect performance in her mind. Her body produced it. The same capability is available to any sports enthusiast. If the skills and coordination abilities do not equal Olympic levels, they can carry the player to the heights of personal best, providing new levels of achievement and satisfaction.
To train the body to the limits of its capabilities without simultaneously training the mind is to invite, at best, mediocrity. Sports psychologists have claimed that for Olympic teams 80 percent of an athlete’s performance is in the mind. Such belief has been echoed by championship players in virtually every form of competition.
Sports Hypnosis – What the Mind Can Do
Mental rehearsal, also termed visualisation, can create and reaffirm the confidence necessary to achieve top performance. The picture visualised in the mind can convince the subconscious that achievement is possible. The automatic nervous system performs in exactly the same manner followed during a physical rehearsal. Neuromuscular co-ordination improves. What your mind can conceive, you can achieve. If you can think it and see it in your mind, you can do it!
What can be accomplished through the powers of the mind?
Perhaps most important is the development of positive attitudes. Negative thoughts pertaining to performance skills can be changed or eliminated. Enjoyment of the sport will be enhanced to a major degree as skills improve to the point where intermittent incidents of poor performance no longer arouse irritation, anger, discouragement or detrimental emotional reaction. Concentration, coordination, technique all can improve as well as awareness of proper form and posture.
Sports enthusiasts face the same stumbling blocks that people have to deal with in other areas of life – business, personal relationships, achievement of goals and ambitions. The biggest of all is fear, and fear comes in many forms. Fear of failure is always restrictive and is very common in sports, as is its hidden partner, fear of success – an apprehension that success can create the expectation (among others) of further improvement. Fear of humiliation can be strong. Many golfers experience near terror on the first tee where people may be watching the first drives. Competition can produce sensations of intimidation resulting in deterioration of skills.
Sports hypnosis / hypnotherapy, or properly learned and applied self-hypnosis, can work to reduce or eliminate the mental obstacles to peak performance in sport activities. This is an area in which the truth of the phrase “what the mind can conceive, the body can achieve” becomes highly evident.
Sports Hypnosis – The Steps to Achievement
The goal of sports hypnosis in its applications is not the learning or acquisition of the basic skills involved, though these could be helped through hypnosis as used in enhancing learning skills. The goal is to enable the athlete to achieve the best personal level, performing at peak. As with virtually all hypnosis, the first step must be relaxation.
Relaxation to a level appropriate for the implanting of hypnotic suggestion is not really resting. It is deep, and can be brought about through a hypnotist or hypnotherapist. Also, it can be learned from a teaching hypnotist hypnotherapist or even through study and practice using any of several excellent books on the subject.
Goal-setting is essential. Without having an objective, it is pointless to begin a task, project or trip. Goals may be set by athletes, coaches or hypnotherapists or a combination thereof. It is important for goals to be specific, focused on the area in which improvement is desired. Playing better tennis is not a valid goal. Improving a serve or backhand is a goal. Goals must be short-term achievable and step by step, so that both success and completion are experienced.
Concentration is vitally important, and sometimes difficult to develop. Hypnosis or hypnotherapy has long been an effective means of improving concentration capabilities. Distractions must be eliminated. Post-hypnotic cues may prove useful in stimulating both concentration and specific skills. Visualization, not just in mental rehearsing, but at the moment of performance can produce dramatic results.
Finally, mental rehearsal is the ultimate key to superlative performance. It can prove more productive than physical practice. Imagery is not merely visual in nature; it can include all the senses. In a diving competition, the form of the dive is visual; the smell of the chlorine water is olfactory; the wetness of the entry is sensory, the cheers of the crowd are auditory. Perfection requires the use of all senses.
Over the years we have worked with many individuals, involved in sports and sales, to help them consistently achieve their highest personal potential. Participants will leave this programme with a clear understanding of moving themselves from being ‘stuck’ to success.
Your Key To Success with Sports Hypnosis!
If negative mental attitudes are responsible for inadequate performance then this programme can be your key to success. Imagine a programme designed to arouse your psyche, bolster your performance, and calm your spirit. All in the name of maximising your potential.
Consulting hypnotist Martin Kiely worked and studied for many years to develop a programme to accelerate your mental performance. Gain new perspectives on life that will focus your direction, and tune your brain for a sudden advance in your performance. Martin will help you zero in on where you want to see passion, powerful action and new results. You can be assured of significant improvement, integrated change and joy.
- Acquire new behaviours and neutralise behaviours that are blocking you. Know your goal and think of the behaviour that is blocking your success. Soon – maybe within 180 minutes or in a couple of weeks that behaviour will no longer be your nemesis. Either that behaviour will have disappeared from your life or no longer adversely affect you.
- If you want to replace that behaviour (or bad habit) with a useful one, then attend this programme. This programme can help you generate new behaviours.
- Increase your drive, desire and motivation to do something you are putting off. Dramatically change your ability to see how to take positive action.
- Eliminate negative self-sabotage and self-talk. Even the greatest positive-thinking minds of all time have dealt with negative thoughts that might have sabotaged their goals or performance. The difference is that professional athletes know how to programme their minds to neutralize the negative. Learn specific ways of using your brain, so that you rise above negative thinking.
As a result you will be able to enter the flow state to propel yourself toward your goal. Negative thoughts and self-sabotaging routines cannot divert you. You will accomplish your goals.
Worry, doubt, or fear erases your chance to succeed. It is surprising how badly some of us treat ourselves. We need to be our own best friends. We should be faithful supporters of ourselves. But, instead we say such damaging things as:
- “You can’t do that…..”
- “You are not good enough.”
- “I’m not athletic.”
- “I’m not gifted that way.”
- “What will others think?”
- And on and on…..
Self-criticism seems never to stop. But it stops us. If you continue transmitting negative programming into your own head, your life will be average, at best. A positive mental attitude is vital. If you do not speak highly of your self, who will?
Achievers consistently bypass self-imposed limitations. Achievers commit to a course of action and make adjustments to succeed.
- Clarify your goals and objectives.
- Clear out your mental rubbish.
- Direct your energies.
It is human nature for your past limitations to keep you in a fog. Spotlight your strengths, especially ones you only now realize and ones you absolutely need to attain your life’s most important goal. You will sweep away weaknesses so they have less affect on you. Too many people are shackled to past experiences, emotions, and negative programming. Stop replaying negative memories. Power-up memories that help you. When you direct your mental, emotional, and physical energies you attain goals with greater ease.
The essential difference between those who succeed and those who get stuck in indecision and failure lies in whether they direct their emotions and energies to overcome hesitancies. Nothing creates more failure than hesitation. Hesitation and other self-defeating behaviours are caused by misdirected energy. This “anxiety” energy is directed by you to an uncertain future event, that may or may not turn out the way you desire.
Sports Hypnotist Martin Kiely has worked with athletes from the following sports:
- Gaelic Hurling and Football
- Road Bowling
- Martial Arts
- Motor Racing
What can be accomplished through the power of the mind?
- Direct your mind to attract the resources you require to achieve your goal – confidence, mental clarity, talents and skills and much more.
- Create an unstoppable plan and use the power of your imagination to order an abundance of whatever you need.
- Direct your energies the way you choose without them controlling your life.
- Perform to the limits of your natural abilities without being dwarfed by the drama and tension of the competition ritual.
To develop expertise in any sport you must programme your computer. Your computer is your subconscious mind. It is essential that you allow it to work more and more for you – utilising and tapping the power of the subconscious to produce a better integration of talents, skills and abilities culminating in improving your performance.
“Can you afford to leave personal growth – and sporting success – to chance?”
To the observer, success often seems effortless, natural, and fun. This programme can give you the edge by enabling you to train your mind to automatically and consistently perform what you need to do. You will learn to almost magically direct the powers of your inner mind in ways that better serve you.
It’s your turn now
Then this programme is tailor-made for you. Most athletes train very hard. But less than 1% know how to apply the techniques you’ll learn from Martin Kiely’s Sports Hypnosis performance motivation programme.
It’s no secret that elite athletes like Tiger Woods use hypnosis to lift them to the next level. Now you can experience these same benefits of subconscious peak-performance training. By utilizing your subconscious mind for performance and training, you’ll learn how to stop fighting yourself so you can overcome the barriers that prevent you from getting to that next level.
Hypnosis can make the difference for every athlete who wants to gain that competitive edge. Martin’s hypnosis based programme will bring you a focus and clarity that an athlete only gets on those rare occasions while in the zone or flow state. You’ll experience optimum levels of relaxation and intensity for the athletic situation at hand.
Important – You should know…
This programme will NOT make you into an elite athlete, nor will it help you grow muscle through visualization. However, it will enable you to perform to the maximum of your ability. Every athlete knows that to be great, you still have to train – and train hard. But you’ll find that it’s easier to train harder when you see the results of your hard work paying off.
In just one to four sessions, utilizing hypnosis techniques and visualization exercises Martin will help you fully utilize your subconscious mind for peak sports performance. Each session will take you into deeper states of relaxation and focus. Once you learn to maximize your performance consistently, you’ll never want to be without these mental skills.
If you’re really serious about making the most of your true potential, and would like to know more about how Martin Kiely Hypnosis Centre and how sports hypnosis can help you or your team improve performance, simply contact us.
Martin Kiely is a full-time consulting hypnotist practicing in Cork, Ireland, since 1989. He maintains a highly successful hypnosis practice and professional hypnotism training centre. Martin is the first National Guild of Hypnotists Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Instructor in Ireland. For sports hypnosis services in Cork, and Ireland, sometimes it’s better to talk to a real expert and trusted authority in the hypnotism profession. Contact Martin Kiely Hypnosis Centre today for further information or to discuss your hypnotism service options.
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