What are the real keyst to incredible performance?
In this article we’re going to research the area of sporting performance, but you could comfortably apply the same rationales in any area of life. This will explore the area of NLP in sport.
A while ago there was a top world diver who produced the most incredible dives time after time. He won Olympic and world game medals. But , one day he went to do the dive and something happened – as he left the board he caught himself on the board and completely messed up the dive.
The weird thing was that the next time he did the dive , the same thing happened again !
I don’t know if this has ever happened to you , where you make an error and then it takes a while to get your performance back?
How does this happen?
Well, after he made the error in the first dive, just before he was about to dive again, he’d keep bringing to mind the time he had hit the board.
There is an important principle – your body will follow the last clear set of instructions that your mind has given it!
So if you call back making an error in the past just before you perform the action, you’re in truth programming yourself to make the error again this time!
The real key is to program your mind with perfect performance – train your mind so your body will follow.
Having been coaching using NLP with sports people for over 15 years , and running NLP trainings in North London and internationally , I have found a variety of techniques that actually help sports people get the edge in their performance.
The following steps can really help people better their performance.
1: Take a moment to relax and close your eyes
2: Imagine a movie in your mind of someone performing the behaviour that you want to do perfectly – keeping running this movie viewing what they are doing in as fine detail as possible
3: Now play the same movie again, however now imagine it is you doing the activity, but with exactly the same behaviours as the expert . Keep running this movie until you can see yourself in detail performing the behaviours excellently
4: The critical stage – re-run the movie again, but this time float into the movie so you are experiencing it as if it is happening at the moment – so imagine looking through your own eyes, seeing hearing and feeling everything. Experience what it feels like and what it is like looking through your own eyes doing this great performance. Really experience the feelings in your muscles as you run through the performance
5: If you need to make any other changes , go back to step 2 and keep running through the steps until it is just right
When you visualise the activity , you will be strengthening the neural connections internally that help you perform the activity more easily next time .
Many athletes attend our NLP Trainings in North London and internationally and find that these steps make the critical difference.