Excerpted from Chris Wyllie’s Upcoming Book – The Brainpower Breakthrough …
So you want to be a pro? You want to get the edge in your sport? A big time mental edge.
Before I give you the mental strategies that will give you super control over your own brain and skyrocket your performance, are you sure you’re going to be able to handle it? I’m talking about all the championships you’re going to have to train for and win, all the autographs you’re going to have to sign, all the money you’re going to make, all the kids across the world you’re going to inspire. You sure you really want that? And I hope you like getting up early on Tuesdays to do endorsement commercials & volunteering in the community. It’s not easy being a phenom athlete and worldwide icon.
I’m curious as to why you want to be a better athlete. Do you want to be the best at your sport? Can you imagine what you’d look like at performing at your very best, maxing out every ounce of your talent?
What would be happening if you were the most talented & skilled version of yourself?
How would you be thinking? How would you be feeling? How would you be training & performing?
The above are loaded questions, loaded to focus your brain in all the right directions. In fact this manual is not only going to focus your brain in the right directions, its going to give you complete and utter control.
A second magic question to ask yourself is:
Whats stopping you from being the best?
Wouldn’t now be the perfect time to dissolve those limits from your mind? I’ll show the precise mental formulas how.
Most say the difference between the best and the rest is “mental”. But they don’t teach or show you how the mind works. That changes right here, right now.
Before I get into the mental strategies of the best athletes across each sport, realize that limits really are just ideas. You either remember things that happened in the past or mentally make plans for the future, thats it!!!
Many athletes get in trouble because they get anxious, nervous, or don’t believe in themselves, or had bad experiences and never could get over the hump. This is especially true with severe injuries. Or perhaps you’re just lacking consistency. You have the talent. You know at your best you can go toe to toe with anyone. Its just you haven’t yet learned how to activate that peak performance consistently or have any degree of conscious control over your brain.
Whatever your case is, in this article I’ll teach you the mental techniques that’ll clear away anxiety, nerves, limiting beliefs, and the stuff getting in your way. More importantly I’ll show you how to optimize mental skills such as focus, motivation, brainwave state control, time distortion, change & build new beliefs, the key skills so you can activate your best at will.
You’ve got the god-given talent, you want to get the max out of it don’t you?
So, sure they say “the difference is mental” … but how so? Two players can engage in the same positive psychology stuff and one athlete actually achieves that picture in their head, while the other does worse. Whats the difference? … Hhhmmm perhaps there’s way more, I mean way more, properties to our mind, brain & thought processes then you can imagine or at least anyone is talking about.
I think you’re ready to dive deeper, learn these mental skills, and take your game to the next level. What do you think?
All sports are an altered state trance game.
“Ultimately in competition, the winner of the game is the one who can get into the optimal neurological, mental & physiological state most consistently.”
“TALENT IS THE ABILITY TO ALTER YOUR BRAINWAVES & STATE AT WILL.”
“YOUR JOB IS TO IDENTIFY & TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO GO INTO THE OPTIMAL TRANCE FOR YOUR GAME.”
The best sports performers are masters of altered states.
There are key systematic properties to how our mind works. When you learn these properties its as if you have your own HOW TO MANUAL to operate your brain. With that you can design the optimal states for you to go into in competition. Especially in big moments. You can design anchors to trigger off the precise states exactly when you need them. Better yet, have it all programmed into your brain to function automatically. You can change habits. You can do more than you can dream of.
THE PROBLEM IS THAT YOUR BRAIN & PERFORMANCE IS RANDOM & LEFT UP TO CHANCE – NOT CONTROLLED DELIBERATELY.
Roger Federer, in the press conference before his Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, when asked, “who’s going to win?” said it’ll boil down to “whoever is the better player on THAT DAY”. In other words, whoever is able to activate their best game on that day, is likely to win. I personally don’t like leaving that much up to chance. I’d like to stack the deck and “know” I’m going to bring my absolute best game. What about you?
Compared to other sports, tennis is certainly more “variable” & “uncertain” considering you’re facing an opponent (who’s performance could vary widely), court conditions etc. This means its even more important to consistently activate your very best states.
ALL YOUR SKILLS & ALL YOUR LIMITS ARE STATE-DEPENDENT.
You’ve all gotten into “grooves” where it seems like you can’t miss haven’t you? Whether its in golf, basketball, baseball, or another sport, right? Now what happened there?
Your brain was in a completely different state. Your perceptions were different. Your unconscious motor programs were different. Here’s the cool insight. Trance phenomenon – such as slowing time down, pain control, positive visual hallucination – are skills that are state dependent. Get into the right state and you can perform these skills.
This is how I’m able to take an average golfer and get him into the same brain state as the best golfers, and suddenly he performs better and takes strokes off of his game.
Similarly, your limits, be it mental or physical are “state dependent”. Even things like pain perception are state dependent.
Each sport has different mental & physical requirements. Thus for peak performance you need to go into the Specific Optimal Trance for THAT Game. This will vary across sports.
You can figure out what the optimal mental states “trances” for each sport are. You can elicit what the brains’ of the very best athletes are doing consciously & unconsciously during peak performance, and teach the other athletes brains’ to do the same. Their performance will increase. This requires high level skill and absolutely a full NLP practitioner seminar at a minimum. I’m talking the real NLP. I’ve included key ELICITATION QUESTIONS in the PRACTICE section below.
DIFFERENT BRAIN STATES PROMOTE PARTICULAR ABILITIES.
With the luxury of EEGs & QEEG Brain Mapping plus other more advanced brain imaging technologies, I’ve been able to build a data base of different brainwave states and the mental abilities that are enhanced in each state.
When I’m working with an athlete, one of the first steps is to teach their brain to go into specific trances to develop desired skills. There are specific brainwave trances that increase visualization, reduce pain, increase memory, promote deep healing & recovery, time distortion etc.
SPORTS MORE ABOUT MASTERING TRANCE STATES THAN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES.
MORE GOOD DAYS. Developing Conscious Control Over Your Brain.
Have you ever noticed that you can predict in advance whether you’re going to have a good or bad day? You can even predict whether you’re going to have a good or bad practice session. Good or bad workout. Your brain knows in advance. Even sitting here reading this, I bet you can look into the future and predict where you’re going to have good days. So maybe it’s not so random … its just something you haven’t brought into conscious control yet …
MAKING THE UNCONSCIOUS CONSCIOUS.
Most athletes, especially golfers, say, “you know some days you’re just really having a good day … and some times its just not your day” … This seems too random for me. Even the great Roger Federer said “it depends on who’s going to be better on that day” .
What if you could consciously control your brain & physiological processes to make any day you want a good day?
What if you literally had the mental formulas to turn bad days into good days on demand, at any moment, any time?
At the very least we can significantly increase the percentage of good days you have vs. bad days.
THE DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE – CONSISTENCY.
Many tennis players and golfers are no less talented than the best. The only difference is that the best are able to perform at their best more consistently and more often.
GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY – LET YOUR BRAIN SUPER-PERFORM.
“The purpose of our conscious mind is like a laser and targeting machine. The conscious mind is designed to pull up and activate automated neurological motor programs that you’ve spent tons of time practicing to build, so your brain and body can perform at their best on their own”
You see if you start thinking and trying too hard consciously you’ll mess up. This is true for all performances, music, martial arts, weight-lifting etc. The conscious mind is an activator.
Thus you must learn:
- How to Control your Conscious Mind
- The Specific Mental States, Mental Strategies & Neurological Motor Programs to Build
I’ll now detail the precise MENTAL MECHANICS of the altered states that promote optimal performance across different sports.
Baseball players when they get into Hot Streaks, will say how the ball gets really “BIG” … they’ll say, “they’re really seeing the ball” … they’ll say, “I can even see the threads on the ball” … now we know physically the ball doesn’t actually change size, however our brain’s state changes in a manner that changes our perception of the ball. Thus making it easier to perform the task.
Ask batters the difference between a good and a bad day. Turns on a good day, they’re able to go into a trance, slow time down (think about it, you have to slow time down to see a 100mph fastball coming at you!), and make the ball bigger, they also perform negative auditory hallucination (block out surrounding noise of crowd). Most of this is done naturally and unconsciously. You see, if a baseball player can’t slow things, they don’t hit the ball. When they do, they do hit the ball! Most sports activities are really about mastering trance states rather than physical abilities. If the baseball player makes it so in their mind that the ball isn’t moving so fast, its a lot easier to hit. Ever seen batters playing with their batting gloves, stepping out of the box, then stepping back in? All these are little rituals are designed to produce a particular feeling to then activate the motor programs in the brain to perform the task.
The hitters who most consistently activate the above trance phenomena, hit a lot more balls and make a lot more money. The cool part is you can take the mental trance strategy of the best hitter and teach it to the other hitters to get them to perform better. This is the magical realm of NLP, I mean the real NLP.
So, when a player is in a slump, to get them batting better, what do we do? We get them thinking correctly. When they’re playing well they’re thinking well, and when they’re playing poorly they’re thinking poorly. Does this work for all the players on the team? Ohhh Yes!
I remember Dr. Richard Bandler, co-creator of NLP, sharing a story about his work with Pro Baseball teams. Here’s a little description of how Dr. Bandler elicited the mental strategy of the best baseball players.
First he asked the manager, how do you get people to increase their batting average? So what do you tell them to do? The manager said, “I tell them to go out and HIT SOME …and …“thats it”. … “you know I tell them to throw a few curveballs and fast balls today … I want y’all to HIT SOME”
Real precise instructions, not! These athletes make more money in one year than most make in a lifetime. In baseball, you increase a players home-runs or batting average by 10% and his salary goes up millions of dollars. There’s big money in getting these athletes performing better.
A lot of TALENT is LEARNABLE – It has structure and that structure can be taught to other athletes.
On your team, which hitter has the best batting average? … I have a question for you. “You walk out, there’s the pitcher … you know he’s going to throw the ball at the speed of light … what are you doing when you walk up you get in the batters box, hit your shoe with the batt and then you step back out?” You step in and step out, you step in and step out and finally you step in and you’re ready.
(Trance Phenomena underlined).
How do you know when you’re ready on a good day? … The player contemplated the question … his pupils dilated. He goes, “well when you’re really having a good day … you’re really seeing the ball. The crowds voice disappears, even in practice everything goes silent … and you’re so focused on what you’re doing that time almost stands still, its like the ball is moving slow … its so BIG you can count the threads”. AHA!! So you go into a deep trance, do time distortion, positively hallucinate the size of the ball and perform negative auditory hallucination.
If you teach the other batters to perform the same trance phenomenon at the plate, their performance will increase.
I must note that these are high level skills. They require savvy brain work to get the players into these specific super-performance states. Hence you may want to considering hiring the best brain trainer in the business to accelerate the process for you.
I remember my mentor Dr. Richard Bandler sharing a story of when he interviewed the best golfers on the planet … He said to them, “you’re constantly wiggling the club back and forth and looking down at the fairway … what are you looking for?” … They responded, “I don’t know” … Richard said, “well think about it” … then their heads all went back … they got a glare in their eyes and their pupils dilated … (looks like an altered state if you’ve ever seen one!!!) … they said … ummm … “well we’re waiting for the fairway to shrink …” … now we know the fairway doesn’t actually shrink … but if it in your mind comes close and shrinks … its a lot easier to hit.
You see when golfers are waiting at the tee, its really just their unconscious adjusting them so their body is in perfect alignment to perform the task.
“A golf stroke is really a mini altered state for heightened performance.” In golf to be a better putter, you should make the hole bigger! In fact when golfers are doing well they tell me, “I can’t miss!”.
GOLF – MENTAL PROGRAMMING
Now when I work with a golfer I always get their brain to sort out the difference in the feelings between swings that are going to work and the ones that are not. There are systematic differences. You can then tell their brain to develop a little voice that says, “Yes”,and one that says, “No”. Your intuitions always know just before you hit the ball, whether you got it right or not. Do they not?
Many good golfers have said, “at the tee they adjust stance, and keep adjusting and looking out at the fairways until “the fairway shrinks … that tells him to swing.” If the fairway doesn’t shrink they don’t hit the ball. They just kept readjusting their body until it goes into the right position. Your intuitions always know just before you hit the ball, whether you got it right or not. Get that intuition one step before so you don’t actually swing until you have it right. Rather activate that optimal state before you step into the shot to maximize the chances of it being a good shot.
The best golfers do this naturally and unconsciously. However you want to learn to do this deliberately. Even the best can get even better if they’re able to control brain state at will. Hence getting into the perfect mini trance before & during each shot. This will make you much more consistent. The more you’re able to do this, the more you’ll perform at your best. The less conscious control you have, the more random your performance will be.
When shooters, “get hot” they’ll say the basket looks bigger … when they’re not doing well … they say, “the rim looks small”. Their language reveals precisely what is going on in their brain! To the astute Brain Practitioner, this is total give-away and tells you exactly how to program their brain to perform in that sport!
Free-throw shooting is something that can be dramatically improved with developing optimal brain states and then developing post-hypnotic anchors. You can spend thousands of hours practicing free-throws, but if in the big games your brain goes into a different state, then you can’t fully access those precise motor programs you built in the gym. A lot of wasted practice. Better to make sure you can reliably get back into that optimal free-throw shooting state. Memory & performance is state-dependent.
MARKSMEN & ARCHERS –
The best marksmen go into a mini altered state until they’re able to bring the target big and up close in their mind. Then they nail the target perfectly. My friend Alan is an champion archer. I ask him, how do you know when to fire the bow? He tells me, “he looks out at the target and keeps looking until the target comes up big and close in his mind. Then he gets a particular feeling, releases the bow right on target.” Voila there’s the mental strategy. So, the best marksmen and my friend Alan are masters at POSITIVE HALLUCINATION!
Target Shooting: On a good day, you’re able to hallucinate the target, move it up real close and make it real big. On bad days, you’re not. The same mental strategy can be applied for darts & curling.
“Life doesn’t slow down your perception of events does as you become one with your target.” – Alan, Archer Champion
The mental strategy above indicates what Alan “means” by becoming one with the target. Very cool.
MARTIAL ARTS –
The best marital artists and fighters are able to go into profound altered states. If you don’t go into an altered state in which you “slow time down and do pain control” you can get killed!
Have you ever seen a boxer or MMA fighter come into the ring? … Look at the eyes … see their pupils dilated … they’re in an altered state.
To speed learning, there’s a fantastic hypnotic technique called deep trance identification. This is where you mentally step inside your Master/Coach and mentally practice with the same skill as them.
Some students have an uncanny ability to watch a master perform and then easily mirror those movements. Perhaps they have stronger “mirror neurons”. These are the neurons that fire when we observe someone performing an action, firing the same as if we were performing the action ourselves. Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran calls them the “GHANDI neurons”. I call them the “SUPER-LEARNING Neurons”. Or straight up “The Genius Neurons”. However, this ability to mirror a genius & acquire their skill, is in fact a trainable & learnable skill.
What are some necessary skills that could speed the process of learning and mastering a skill? One is a photographic memory. This is also a learnable skill. Its actually a “STATE DEPENDENT ABILITY.” You heard it from me. I get kids into such states in 3 minutes or less all day, every day.
As mentioned, time distortion is a critical skill for martial arts performance. That is slowing time down. I’ve tried this with clients. I’ve taken an average girl with little martial arts experience, and taught her brain how to go into a trance, speeding up her vision all the way until the world moved in slow motion. I even went a step further. I proceeded to give her 100 hours of practice Deep Trance Identification with her Muay Thai teacher to acquire master skill.
Then I built some post-hypnotic anchors and had her activate that brain state in a match and put her up against experienced fighters and she actually won! These are in fact the exact mental phenomena that great martial artists do!!!
If you don’t get your brain into those specific states learning and performing martial arts and fighting is going to be more difficult.
Muhammed Ali’s famous quote “Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee” reveals part of his mental strategy. Its said that Muhammed Ali mentally would watch the fight from the 4 corners of the ring … therefore seeing the opponent move before they were even aware of themselves moving … beating them to the punch virtually every time. Now that requires some incredible mental skill!
RACE CAR DRIVERS
How can you drive 200mph? To start, you have to slow the world down.
TIME DISTORTION How can you slow the world down? Well it happens to us mentally all the time. Pilots who fly jets at twice the speed of sound when they get out and into their car they feel like they’re driving really slow. For you when you’re driving really fast on the highway and then you pull off into a 40mph zone, it feels like you’re crawling doesn’t it? Interestingly in that state, everything “appears” to be moving slow motion. These are all naturally occurring trance states that you want to learn to do deliberately.
If race car drivers don’t slow time down they’re in big trouble. If a baseball player can’t slow things down, he can’t hit the ball. I’ve provided 3 TIME DISTORTION EXERCISES in PRACTICE SECTION BELOW.
Similarly, if tennis players make it so the ball isn’t moving as fast its a lot easier to hit.
One of the mental phenomena that is effective for a tennis player to do is to specifically “SLOW DOWN THE OPPONENT”. How do you slow the opponent down? There are multiple ways, I’ll give you two examples. First, in your mind, go into an altered state where you see your opponent moving 3X as fast as normal. See yourself adjusting and beating him at every turn. When the match happens, fire off this altered state and the opponent will seem to be moving in “slow motion” by comparison. This is the exact phenomena that occurs when you’re waiting in a long bank line and “time seems to take forever”. Its because your mind is racing faster than the real world.
More specifically, you can mentally go into a state where the centre of the image is moving very slow, while in the periphery things are flying by very quickly. This will create a state of time distortion, similar to what happens when you’re driving very fast.
These mental states I encourage you to experience with a skilled practitioner. Every person’s brain is capable and does these trance phenomena.
Runners talk about running in their “tunnel”.
I remember hearing a story of a runner. When asked, whats your strategy for running? He said, “I follow the pace set by the fastest runner.” What do you think the best he ever placed was? … Second. Makes sense doesn’t it?
CHAMPIONSHIP THINKING – The best runner competes against the target in their mind. Thats if you want to set world records!
For yourself, identify the world record you want to break. Or simply the “time” you want to achieve. At each stage of the race, identify where the clock should be at each check point. Now, in your practice run against the clock in your mind, not the other runners. You can even practice running against “yourself” – that is your world record breaking time. How would you look and where would you be at each point along the race? Practice seeing yourself at each check point and see the clock at world record pace. Mentally practice against yourself. Practice against yourself in real life.
Please note that this is just the tip of the iceberg. An entire book could be written on mental & trance phenomena to enhance performance for each sport.
Hockey players are notorious for their pre-game rituals. Rituals are “State-Inducers”. They are triggers to induce a particular state in the athlete. Thats it. Using the tools in this chapter, you can induce states and create anchors so that you can access any desired state in the flick of an eye. Internal triggers are preferable than external triggers such as eating a certain meal, listening to particularly songs, having a pre-game nap at a certain time, or using a certain type of tape on your shin-pads etc.
Inevitably your schedule will be interrupted. And when it is and you can’t perform the external ritual you can still easily access “your good game” state with your internal triggers.
For hockey, there are different mental states & trance phenomena needed to be performed by goalies versus players. I’ll cover goalies first.
The first perceptual phenomenon the goalie must do is “slow the puck down”. That is, do time distortion. This is similar to batters in baseball. Some of these hockey players have slap shots that are over 100mph.
For players, use the Time Distortion technique with explicit instructions below. For goalies, make an image. In the centre of the image see the opposing player with the puck – see them moving in ultra slow motion. In the periphery, that is on the outsides of the picture, see everything moving 3X the speed of a normal game. So, centre, slow motion. Periphery fast-forward. This is one mental technique to create a state of time distortion. It alone will work wonders for goalies. Time distortion is a more advanced skill, and is best experienced with a skilled practitioner.
Similar to blocking out the crowd at the plate in baseball, negative auditory hallucination, completely blocked out the sound of the crowd can be a useful phenomenon for goalies. Especially if the goalie has a tendency to be over-influenced by the crowd.
In hockey, different players seem to experience and play the game at different speeds. Its incredible, some seem to have more time and more space to make plays, even though the game in reality is going at the same speed for everyone. However, perceptually it is not.
The “greats” seem to have “more time”. Whereas for lesser players, they seem to be more rushed and have less time.
What’s going on here?
As you’ll learn in the practical exercise section, “time” is relative & malleable. You can adjust your senses to either speed time up or slow time down. For less skilled players it seems time is “sped up” while for the “greats” its “slowed down”.
So it seems the great hockey players have an uncanny ability to slow down the opponents and the “game” itself.
This is actually something I do public speaking – slowing down the audience. That way I can notice both in the centre and periphery of my vision, every movement, every fascial reaction, down to every breath they take. When I can see it, I can influence it. THE FIRST STEP IS TO SEE IT. If you can’t see it, you can’t influence it.
Second, Positive Visual Hallucination is very useful for players. Similar to Target Shooters. Bring the target, the part of the net your want to hit, big and up close in your mind until you hit it perfectly. Memorize that feeling in your body at that moment your unconscious has bought your body into perfect alignment for the shot. Work on this in practice. You can set up targets on different parts of the net and do target drills from just inside the blue line. Practice looking at the target and bringing it big and up close in your mind. And then hit it right on point.
“Your body & unconscious movements will follow your point of focus”.
Race car drivers will talk about “looking ahead” to where they want to go.
Now let me give you a quick & easy time distortion exercise. Lots of hockey players are “gamers”. We can use this to make it easier to understand what we want to do in your mind to create a state of time distortion in real life. There are moments in the game when it goes into “slow motion”.
HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCH A STATE IN REAL LIFE?
TIME DISTORTION EXERCISE
a. First slow down your mind – slow down your thoughts – slow down both the pictures and voices in your mind. Visual & auditory are the primary modalities we use to think.
How you create anxiety is with fast moving pictures & internal dialogue.
b. Make an image – in the centre of the image see you with the puck. Be inside the image, so that its like you are there in the moment, with the puck on your stick. In the centre of the image is you with the puck. See this almost at a standstill. Time barely moving in “extra slow motion”, so that you have all the time in the world to see opponents coming, and manoeuvre past them. Now in the periphery of the image see other players and the game flying by 3X speed of regular game.
c. Summary: CENTRE FOCUSED & almost at a STANDSTILL “Super-Slow Motion”. Periphery everything is moving very fast, 3X speed.
We’re creating a perceptual shift, just as if a video game you were playing “went into slow motion”. Only difference, you’re actually inside the game. Its just like what happens in those “life or death” moments, when time in your central vision slows down, and everything in the periphery is racing by. Time slows down enough so that you can dodge an accident, step out of the way of an on-coming train or punch, whatever the danger is. In this moment, of “hyperesthesia”, which is another hypnotic phenomenon you want to learn, you can read and react to everything just in the nick of time.
We want to create this similar perceptual experience so you can skate and stick handle past your opponents.
This is just one mental technique you can try to induce a state of time distortion. Take the time and practice this exercise to program your brain.
We want to take an extremely fast-paced game like hockey and slow the game down so you have more time to read, react and make plays. Just like the best of them.
Thirds, the “greats” like Wayne Gretzky, had a rare ability to see plays before they develop. They could anticipate the play.
It would make sense to watch some film, and study the players on your line specifically. Study their common patterns of movement. See if you can notice their tendencies. Then go back to an older tape, and see if you can predict where the play is going to develop before it does. Just giving you some ideas.
The hockey season is a long season. Hockey is a tough full contact sport that can wear your body down. The faster your body can heal, the more you can stay competing at your best.
For hockey, pain control is another useful phenomenon. Injuries are inevitable, and some times you have to play through them.
Use Deep Delta Meditations to facilitate healing. Use high-quality headphones like Beats by Dre, when listening to brain-wave entrainment. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Isolation Tanks, which are loaded with salts & magnesium, are great healing modalities.
In Badminton quick reactions are at a premium. This is similar to tennis and other sports with an object/ball or “birdie” moving at high speed. In order to react faster, we want to take the fast moving object and slow it down. Again, we’ll want to create states of time distortion, where we slow down both the opponent and the birdie.
Since your nervous system needs to be extra sharp to see, read and react, some hemispheric balancing exercises are in order. I recommend performing Alpha Trance Induction to synchronize the two hemispheres daily. See Learning Chapter.
Also practice “neurological” overload exercises. Here we are creating situations which are faster than normal, so that “in game” it seems you have more time to read and react. This leverages the contrast principle of our neurology. A 50mph fastball seems much slower after you’ve just seen an 80mph fast-ball.
EXAMPLES to Try :
- playing against two opponents, with two birdies in a smaller space (lets say half the court).
- being turned around, at the last moment, you turn and face the opponents and react to the birdie.
- Practice hitting with two rackets and two birdies at once. This will synchronize your two hemispheres. If thats too difficult try two rackets and one birdie. These are nervous system training exercises.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The other hypnotic phenomenon which I’ve described for other sports can be applied to mastering Badminton. For example, positive visual hallucination. Especially for serving. Mentally hallucinate and see the exact placement of your birdie and your shots before you make them. I’ve focused on time distortion because it is such an important skill for sports such as badminton, ping pong and tennis.
WEIGHT LIFTING – If you’re consciously thinking while you have 600lbs or more on your back, you’re dead meat. You want to get your conscious mind set & out of the way. For weight lifting, similar to olympic diving and synchronized swimming, you want to first see yourself performing the lift perfectly. Then access that perfect feeling going into the lift, during & while completing the lift. If you have trouble, think of the best PR you ever set. The moment, just before you lifted it, how did you feel? ANCHOR that feeling. NOW fire off that anchor, just before your new PR lift. Of course this is a gross oversimplification.
Specifically for sports like baseball, golf & target shooting now you know that if you go into a mini trance in which things come closer in your mind your accuracy is going to increase. This is one of thousands of mental strategies that produce a particular altered state.
Our senses & perceptions are much more malleable then most realize. As you’ve learned, each of these particular super-states, has structure and is learnable.
TRANCE GIVES YOU GREATER CONTROL OVER YOUR SENSES, PERCEPTIONS & PERFORMANCE.
As mentioned, “THE PURPOSE OF YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND IN SPORTS IS TO SIMPLY ACTIVATE AUTOMATED UNCONSCIOUS PROGRAMS AND LET YOUR BRAIN AND BODY DO THE WORK!”
When asked by reporters, why did you win?
Athletes will even say … “I just got into the zone” … or “I just got into a really good groove” … ohh I love this one “I just got some good momentum” … more momentum just means you’re performing more unconsciously.
Now you know precisely some of the mental states & abilities the best athletes access when they “get in the groove”. You see, whats happening in their brain has a sequence & structure. Now you can learn those mental formulas to access those states to acquire similar skills.
I’ve given you enough mental states & strategies for peak performance for baseball, golf, basketball, tennis, martial arts, target shooting, race car driving to get started. To dive deeper, the requires custom 1-on-1 brain optimization work.
PERFECT PRACTICE – 100% SUCCESS
“Great athletes are excellent at running success in their mind. They don’t see themselves missing, falling or failing. Thats not how you get into the right state. They constantly think of their most exquisite moments of success, string them all together and see themselves performing perfectly. If you start doing this, you’ll begin performing at your best. If you don’t you won’t.”
*** There are important mental nuances. This is a general guide. As you will learn, you can design optimal states that you can fire off in big moments and when adversity hits.
To increase your performance, you also need to get rid of things that are impeding your success.
1. Anxiety: ANXIETY boils down to BAD MENTAL PLANNING. That is you “worry” or “think” about messing a shot up, so you do. Congratulations you did exactly what you told your brain to do! If you’re worrying “I don’t want to be anxious”, your brain doesn’t process negation. Thus, all it hears is “Be Anxious”. So in order to “DO Anxiety” you either make plans of yourself messing up or you remember times in the past where you messed up, so you feel bad. Wasn’t messing up once more than enough? What could be worse? Doing it again! Your thoughts & perceptions should be designed to achieve the specific result you want. Thats it. Here’s very effective technique to clean up your mind:
GET RID OF BAD MEMORY EXERCISE
- Remember a time where you did poorly. Something you want to remember to forget.
- In your mind, is the memory life-size or larger than life? Is there a border around the memory?
- Put a thick border around the memory.
- VERY QUICKLY shrink the memory down to a dot. Blink the dot black & white.
- Open up the memory at the end and play it BACKWARDS. See things moving backwards, talking backwards, feeling backs all the way back to the beginning. VERY FAST. Then White Out the Memory.
- Take a deep breathe. Clear your mind.
- Random Question – Who’s your favourite athlete?
- Think back to that memory and try to feel bad about it.
2. LIMITING BELIEFS
If you leave poor ideas in your mind, you’re going to be a poor athlete! The first step to being able to do something is to first build the belief you can do it. With NLP we can actually build CERTAIN BELIEFS in your mind. Not just simple positive psychology talk that doesn’t neurologically change anything.
Conviction is the key ingredient that makes everything work. If you’re not convinced you can do something you won’t try with every fibre of your soul. This is one of the greatest things I learned from Dr. Bandler. NLP & Neuroplasticity techniques are “THE OPTIMIZATION TECHNOLOGY” for athletes.
BELIEF CHANGE – “NEW SKILLS. SHEDDING OLD ILLS”
1. CERTAIN BELIEF – THINK OF SOMETHING THATS TRUE OF YOU & YOU LOVE IT. Elicit sub-modalities – that is when you think of it, where is the image in your mind? How big? How close? 2D or 3D? Are you looking through your own eyes or looking at yourself? Where do you feel that feeling strongest in your body? Where does it start? Where does it go next? How does it move?
2. PICK SOMETHING YOU KNOW “WAS” YOU, BUT IS NO LONGER TRUE ABOUT YOU ANYMORE. Elicit Sub-modalities. Use questions above.
3. a. MAKE AN IMAGE OF YOURSELF PERFORMING & SUCCEEDING AT YOUR BEST. b. MAKE AN IMAGE OF THE OLD YOU, WITH YOUR PAST LIMITATIONS
4. Very quickly push both pictures off into the distance, and see the NEW (a) IMAGE of yourself pop up into the exact location of the thing thats true of you and you love it. Simultaneously see (b) IMAGE, the old you, popping up in the location of the thing thats no longer true of you.
5. DO THIS 3 TIMES VERY FAST.
This is how you mentally build new skill and shed old difficulty. That old limited you just doesn’t seem like you anymore. Why? Its called learning!
Each night your brain can continue shed old limits and build new desired skills. A proper mental housecleaning.
3. POOR NUTRITION
JUNK FOOD = JUNK NEUROCHEMISTRY = Brain Fog, Fatigue, Slowed Nerve Reaction Time, Sub-Optimal Decision-Making etc.
GREAT FOOD = GREAT BRAIN CHEMISTRY.
4. POOR SLEEP
The purpose of sleep is not some unconscious wish fulfillment as Freud proposed, where “snakes” metaphorically have meaning such as issues with your father, the purpose of sleep is LEARNING & PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION. If dreams were fulfilling anyone’s wishes – it was Freud’s!
During sleep the polarity of the brain reverses, and neuro-pathways that haven’t been used are pruned away, while others are strengthened. Sleep re-primes and re-sets the electrical charge of neurons. Importantly, during sleep neuro-pathways are consolidated, hardwired, and myelinated. Sleep is the time your brain builds the underlying neuro-architecture to support & strength your ability to perform the activities you learned during the day. This is why babies & children sleep so much – they are literally building their brain. This is also why children are “Learning Machines”.
Haven’t you all learned a new martial art, a new technique or a new sport and then found yourself dreaming about it over and over again, practicing it all night? During sleep our brain rehearses & replays learning. This may be when those actual neuro-pathways are being re-stimulated and consolidated. In other words, your most effective practice is during sleep! Sleep is natures best recovery method.
To improve sleep:
a. Avoid technology & Blue light an hour before bed. These inhibit melatonin production. b. AM sunlight – synchronizes cortisol-melatonin axis.
c. Keep room temperature cooler. Cold facilities deep sleep.
d. Cold thermogenesis “Ice Baths” – is super for recovery & promoting sleep!
e. Magnesium Supplementation – specifically magnesium threonate for the brain. Magnesium is also neuro-protective against brain injury & CTE.
f. 10-15 minute meditation to Theta &/or Delta Brainwave Entrainment
In summary during SLEEP, the Brain rehearses and practices, building new neuro-cortical pathways. The purpose of sleep is learning and brain growth. During sleep the brain sorts and organizes information so you wake up clearer. Sleep is the best recovery method there is. Note be sure to turn Wifi routers off. Make sure your head of your bed is not near electrical lines running through the wall.
Superstars Roger Federer & Lebron James are purported to sleep up to 10 hours.
TO MINIMIZE RISK OF BRAIN INJURY CONSUME
- Magnesium Threonate.
- Ample Healthy Brain Fats such as MCT Oil before competition.
During brain injury, there can be “excito-toxic” damage, whereby brain cells are over-excited to death. Magnesium helps to curb and minimize this process, in part by raising GABA levels & protecting against glutamate excito-toxicity. MCT Oil helps to increase ATP production, thereby giving neurons more fuel to work with. 1 mol of carbohydrate supplies 36 ATP vs. 147 ATP from 1 mol of fatty acid. More energy equals better function.
PROGRAM YOUR BRAIN – Jet Stream to Your Unconscious
Our brainwaves are constantly fluctuating. In fact, we produce all the brainwaves all the time, its just that at particular times some brainwaves are more dominant than others. Before sleep is a magical time. This is when your brain calms down from faster “beta waves” down to alpha waves and then to theta brainwaves. As this happens you enter the Hypnogogic State. This is the naturally occurring trance state you experience before you fall asleep. Its when your mind becomes more lucid, and visual imagery is enhanced. This is a prime state to program success into your unconscious.
Your brain changes hemispheric dominance roughly every 90 minutes. So leverage the rhythmic nature of the brain and practice in intervals.
HIGH PERFORMANCE ANCHORS
Anchor in success states. You may notice tennis players have particular rituals before each point. As do baseball players before they batt. As do golfers at the tee. As do hockey players before they play. These rituals are external triggers to fire off particular brain/body states in the athlete.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had like your own remote control to activate your very best high performance state whenever you needed it?
RITUALS ARE TRANCE-INDUCERS
“The function of rituals is to get you into particular states.”
Thats why athletes can be very superstitious. Especially hockey players. If they don’t do the ritual, they don’t get a particular feeling and they don’t necessary access their desired playing state.
THINK OF ONE YOUR BEST PERFORMANCES. Close your eyes, look at that memory in your mind, step inside it and see what you saw when you were there. Then make the memory bigger, brighter, clearer & more focused. Hear what you heard when you were there. Turn up the volume of the memory. Keep adjusting the image and sound of the memory until your feelings begin to amplify … then take that feeling and start to double it, triple it, multiply it 10X … and with this feeling spinning in your body …. THINK OF ANOTHER TIME WHERE YOU PERFORMED EXQUISITELY … pull that memory down in your mind, see it big and bright and step inside it … to recapture those feelings and keep building them inside you … and THINK OF A THIRD TIME WHERE YOU DAZZLED … see it big and bright, hear it loud and clear, so that those feelings of those states begin to spread through your entire body … and with those feelings spinning inside your body … do TWO THINGS at the same time … DEVELOP A PARTICULAR MANTRA or VOICE & simultaneously press a discrete part of your body (i.e. the inside of your wrist, the top of your forehead). ANCHOR this high performance state. AMPLIFY THE ANCHOR – take that great feeling spin it through your body even faster, head to heal now … double that feeling and lock it in by firing off the anchor once again – MANTRA & touch simultaneously.
Your wrist, hand and face have more nerve representation in your motor cortex than your back or the middle of your arm. Hence they are better places to build kinesthetic anchors.
STUCK IN YOUR CAREER? FEEL LIKE YOU’VE HIT A BLOCK?
Virtually all athletes are faced with major adversity at some point in their careers. Some get through it, while other athletes just never can get to the other side. The reason?
After an adversity, be it an injury, a cold streak, or mental block, the athlete wasn’t able to get past it because they were going into the wrong state. They just couldn’t fully re-access that HIGH-PERFORMING STATE they used to go into. There are mental mechanical reasons for this.
For example, something bad happens, suddenly that memory and bad feelings become imprinted in your mind. Now whenever you go to perform, these same memories & thoughts come creeping back in your head. Or perhaps, the athlete simply is unable to re-enter that super-high performance state they used to play in. For now …
With these neuroscience & NLP skills its very easy to identify what is mentally stopping the athlete, and then quickly build in desired the states & skills so they can be back playing at their best and beyond.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the greater the difficulty, the bigger the moment, the more your talent doubled rather than cut in half? The best have this ability naturally & unconsciously. You can learn to do it deliberately.
ALL POWERFUL ALPHA HIGH PERFORMANCE STATE
A lot of athletes speak of “getting in the zone” or “being in a groove”. I actually measure brain activity with EEGs & Brain Maps. Alpha Waves increase when you’re completely present in the moment. No dissociated thoughts. If you’re worrying or thinking, by definition you are “out of the zone”. You’re not “one with the target” as an archer would say. Now in a match that may be okay for a few moments, but there’s very little margin for error.
If you’re in your head talking to yourself or making pictures, you literally are toast. Especially when fighting or when a 100mph fastball is coming at you. Same for tennis. Same for Hockey. To excel at these sports you need to train your brain to access and maintain those high Alpha Super Performance states. I have designed many mental formulas to get into such states.
THE BRAIN IS A PATTERN-FINDING MACHINE
Have you ever noticed that when you get a new car, suddenly you start seeing cars of that brand everywhere? You never noticed how many of those cars there were, did you?
Well whats going on here … did those cars just plop done from the sky from Uranus or were they there all along? Those cars were there all along. Its just your brain didn’t see them.
Thats because they weren’t personally important. By necessity our conscious mind is a filter. That is it deletes, filters and blocks out much of sensory input, to allow us to focus on specific aspects of the environment so we can function.
The important point is that when you teach your brain a pattern – your brain starts seeing it everywhere!!! People do this with numbers on their phone all the time … they start seeing “111” or “333” … your brain will find whatever pattern you program it to look for!!!
So if you go … “I don’t want to eat chocolate & crappy foods” … your brain will find all the crappy food on the planet.
YOUR BRAIN DOESN’T PROCESS NEGATION
… If you say to yourself “I don’t want to be anxious” … in order to process the statement your brain has to represent anxiety and then negate it. Again, by sending your brain in that direction it will find all the things that are connected to anxiety.
Memory is state-dependent. Suddenly when you become anxious, its very easy to remember other times when you were anxious. That way you can take a little bit of nerves, or a a little bit of anger after a bad shot, or bad game … and totally kick yourself in your own nuts … sounds like a bad plan … a better plan is to program specifically the exact states & patterns you want your brain to look for. Whatever you look for, you will find. If you look for reasons on why you can be the greatest athlete of all time you will find them. If you look for reasons on why you can’t be the greatest athlete of all time you’ll find those as well.
AFFIRM IN POSITIVE. State exactly and specifically what you will see, hear, feel & perform.
- Stated in Positives– that is precisely what you want.
- Initiated by Individual – is your goal something within your own control?
- Sensory Based – What will you see, feel, hear when you achieve your goal?
- Functional – Is achieving this goal functional and desirable considering the other areas of your life?
OPTIMIZING YOUR MIND
Lets say you’re having some difficulties with your game. Here’s the two magic questions that will quickly identify the problem and lead you to the solution. Perhaps you think you have the generic “mental block” or your issue is mental.
The following are the TWO QUESTIONS to ask. Not these B.S. “why” questions most therapists/coaches ask. If you want PRECISE, QUICK mental optimization ask yourself these two questions:
1. Whats stopping you from being your best? This identifies the problem/block/obstacle in your model of the world. So you’re not performing at your best … whats stopping you?
*** All the brain practitioners, hypnotists, therapists that use pre-set formulas will not be as effective as doing customized brain work. You don’t know what to do, until you know what you’re working with. The client will reveal to you what the problem is, how that problem functions, and thus also the solution. This is why things like hypnosis get a bad wrap – if you have one standard technique to induce altered states, well that might only work for 20% of the people. It doesn’t mean the others can’t go into altered states, it means you need to use different techniques to get their brain into an altered state. I’ve never found anyone not capable of going into an altered state, “a trance”.
2. What would happen if you were the best? This focuses your brain on building a new representation, which may be currently outside your model of the world.
What would you look like if you were the best? What would you sound like? Feel like? How would you practice? How would you perform?
There are two parts to mental optimization. First, you want to clear away the mental problem. Second, you build the solution in its place. This is why marijuana and drugs don’t work. You can’t just take away anxiety, because now things like motivation & productivity go in the toilet. Not to mention the last thing you want to do is deplete choline levels & dopamine. Especially in sports that require extremely fast & precise reaction time. Ever talk to someone who’s smoked too much dope, how’s there thinking speed? You need to be neuro-chemically balanced across the neurotransmitters Dopamine, Choline, Serotonin & GABA.
Choline is worth noting. Choline increases focus, memory, motor function, reaction times & thinking speed. Adequate choline levels is ultra important for sports like Tennis, Baseball, MMA, and even golf etc. This is why athletes chew “tobacco”, especially baseball players and golfers. Choline & Nicotine are activating the same receptors in the brain. So rather than risking lung & mouth cancer, add in high choline foods such as Salmon, Egg Yolks & Beef Liver. You can also take Acetyl-choline boosting supplements such as Alpha GPC. Take brain supplements on an empty stomach. Of course do your due diligence to make sure no supplements have any banned substances in them. Finally, especially since marijuana is so popular today, I’m sure many athletes could significantly increase their performance by raising their brain choline levels. Heard it from me!!! I can build a customized regimen for you, all variables considered.
3. THE BRAIN IS A TARGETING MACHINE – see Brain Pattern Recognition Above.
4. BRAIN DOES WHATS MOST FAMILIAR.
People who “choke” get really good at choking. The more familiar it is, the more likely your brain will repeat it. People get good at anxiety. Its a skill. The strongest instinct of our neurology is not survival, food or mating, its to REPEAT WHATS FAMILIAR. Another truth bomb I learned.
MAKE THE EXACT PERFORMANCE STATES YOU WANT TO ACCESS – The most familiar states for your brain and body.
ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT – Does this sound like you?
IF I’M THIS GOOD, TRYING AT 70% IMAGINE HOW GOOD I COULD BECOME IF I APPLIED MYSELF 100%?
DELIBERATE PRACTICE – GO 10% BEYOND YOUR MAX
Deliberate practice, that is setting the bar a little higher than you can current max performance. This keeps your nervous system uncomfortable and forces it to adapt. But don’t overdo it.
Two great examples are Speed Reading and Martial Arts. For short, intense intervals force your brain and body to go at a pace 10% beyond your max. So for martial arts, if your current max is 100 punches per minute, force yourself to go at a rate of 110 punches per minute for short intervals. For speed reading, if your current reading speed is 300 words per minute, force your eyes to move at 450 words per minute for short intervals.
This strategy also leverages the contrast principle of our neurology. After experiencing the faster rate, your previous “max” rate will seem relatively slower and thus easier. I apply this strategy for weightlifting.
AVOID NEUROLOGICAL OVERWHELM.
Recovery is key. You need to give your neurology the time to consolidate neurological pathways and build up the neuro-architecture stimulated from your training. “Peaking” is a common strategy for athletes. The better your sleep, the more you can push the envelope with your training.
Adding in meditation and brainwave entrainment, specifically THETA meditations can accelerate the learning process. Why do kids learn so quickly? Why are kids such sponges of information & experience such explosive brain growth? What brainwaves are most dominant in the childs brain? Beta? Alpha? Theta? Delta? THETA. Theta brainwaves enhance learning & memory consolidation. The hippocampus and limbic system sweet spot resonance is 4-8Hz, that is Theta. Theta is that lucid, day-dreamy state, which kids are constantly in and out of.
Keep your sense of humour and enjoy the process. Enjoy the toughest moments. Relish them.
The smartest guys to have ever lived, like Albert Einstein, we’re cracking jokes while creating equations that explain how the universe works. Very cool.
Life is about taking big risks and going for it. AIM BIG. Have fun with it.
TWO KEYS TO MASTERY
- LEARNING SPEED. The quicker you can build the neurocortical pathways to support an activity, the quicker you can get to unconscious mastery. New activities require intense conscious focus at the beginning because your brain has no underlying neuro-cortical pathways to support it.
- RELENTLESS “GO FOR IT”. The quicker you make mistakes, the faster you can learn and grow from them. The only time people get in trouble is when they “stop”.
THE BRAIN IS DESIGNED TO LEARN & AUTOMATE BEHAVIOURS.
The four stages of competence: Unconscious incompetence. Conscious incompetence. Conscious competence. Unconscious competence. Your job is to become aware of the necessary skills you need to learn and automate them so you can perform them without thinking about. In essence, getting out of your own way.
As mentioned, two key neurotransmitters to optimize are Dopamine and Acetyl-Choline. Dopamine has to be particularly high for more unpredictable sports – i.e. Tennis.
Sufficient choline levels are key for nerve firing speed & reaction time. Same for batting in baseball. These sports have relatively higher uncertainty in that the athletes have to face not only themselves but also an opponent.
On the flip side, a sport like golf is more a game of you against yourself. For these sports, your main opponent is yourself.
Consciously learn and master each piece individually. Then your unconscious will knit & weave it all together. Thats what your brain does. So for martial arts or golf, practice each “form”, each stroke, until you can completely do it unconsciously. Learning at first requires a large amount of the cortex. The better you get the smaller & more efficient the amount of neuro-cortical pathways “brainpower” used.
BRAIN-HACKS for Better Performance
- MEDITATION – most meditations will by definition, bring you into a stronger Alpha brainwave state, thus speeding learning & consolidation. During meditation, whether its a mantra, or counting method or visualization method, when you fire the same neurons over and over again, they “habituate”, and this produces an altered state. The same occurs with running trances, that is repetitive movements produce an altered state.
- SOUND THERAPY – BRAINWAVE ENTRAINMENT. Entering particular brain-wave states enhances particular abilities. There are trances that promote recovery, deep healing, learning, memory, focus, visualization, pain control etc. Sounds, drumming, music have been used in ceremonies for all of time, to produce altered states of consciousness.
- NLP, Neuroplasticity Based Training. You can learn to control your brain and brainwaves at will like an enlightened yogi. Or a delighted yogi, whatever you want!
In competition, you’ll inevitably face unexpected adversities. The greater your ability to change your brainwaves to access better states, and the better your ability to change how you feel, the more resilient and adaptable you’ll be.
Now you know what “STATE” means – State is specifically the brain-wave activity that is associated with particular thoughts (visual & auditory), and kinesthetic feelings that you are experiencing at any one moment.
NLP is the meta-skill that gives you the most precise manual on how to change your brain’s activity & thus your state. NLP is like learning Calculus. Once you truly understand NLP, you can study any Yogic, Hypnotic, Psychic or Magical Process – lets say a Shaolin Qigong Meditation, and you can discern the precise mental formula & exact steps. You can make the formula explicit and then easily teach it to others. Its absolutely beautiful. NLP is the calculus for the mind.
Now, given my background in neuroscience & extensive experimentation with neuro-technologies, I’ve been able to measure & build algorithms as too the specific brainwave states & associated abilities that are enhanced and/or diminished in that state. For example, I use my 20 channel EEG to measure the clients brainwave activity while I am conducting Hypnotic Techniques, NLP Techniques, Qigong techniques, or any Mental Neuroplasticity Exercise. I’ve performed thousands of EEGs while doing NLP & Hypnotic Techniques. Thus building a “roadmap” that gives you the formula, … if you want “Y” result … then do “ax + b + c”.
PLACEBOS – Power of Believing, not Deceiving.
Placebos don’t work by deception, they work by the power of belief. Many people believe they could be good at something, like weight lifting, but never step foot in a gym. Many believe they will eat a healthy diet, and then mysteriously find themselves eating fast food hamburgers and fries. You see beliefs don’t necessarily launch long-term behave, nor stand the test of time or adversity. Convictions do.
Take Connor Mcgregor. While Connor is famous for his flamboyant wins & titles, he faced some tough defeats along the way. What was the key ingredient that Connor had that propelled him to the top? CONVICTION. He was convinced he would be the best. So no number of counter-examples, no number of failures, could break that conviction. Whereas one counter-example can easily break a belief.
SUBLIMINAL TAPES? ONE POWER SUGGESTION TRUMPS thousands of little ones.
Ever had someone tell you, “you’re not good at something … or you suck … or you’ll never amount to anything … or you’ll never be good” and it rung & cemented in your head?
You probably had hundreds of others tell you, “you can do it”, but that one suggestion played in your head like a horror version of Jingle Bells gone wrong didn’t it?
In the same way, I remember my teacher telling me one of his experiments. He made a tape with thousands of terrible suggestions … “you’re a lousy waste of fresh air” … “you’ll never amount to anything” … “you’re worthless” … “you may think you’re good, but you’re going to fail” … Now before he gave them all the tapes to listen to for two weeks … he gave them one suggestion: “THESE ARE RELAXATION TAPES, listen to them for 20 minutes each day and they will completely melt away your stress & relax your mind & body. Whatever has been bothering you will be dissolved. Do not listen to them while driving.”
All the participants came back two weeks later and unanimously reported significantly reduced stress & improved well-being.
Bottom Line, quality trumps quantity every time. It pays to be a good hypnotist who’s suggestions stand the test of time & stand barrages of bad suggestions.
SMALL WINS -> BIG GROWTH
When you go swimming you don’t start in deep end. You start in shallow end. When you start weightlifting you don’t bench press 300lbs. You start with something light and easy that you can handle and succeed with. Then you increase in increments to ensure that every workout you are improving.
One of the young golfers I do brain work with, told me a little about Brooks Koepka, a world champion golfer. The kid told me about Brooks mental strategy, that Brooks entire career he has set small increment targets in his mind and systematically hit each one. Then he’d move onto the next. In other words, Brooks trains his brain to hit his targets and gets really good at achieving what he puts his mind to. At first Brooks’ goal was to just keep up with pack. Once he did that, he aimed for top 20. Once he achieved that and was in the top 20, he aimed to be amongst the top. Once he did that he aimed to be the champion. Talk about a formula for success. Now there are precise mental mechanical differences, between something Brooks achieves, like golf goals, versus other things “he doesn’t act on”. It would only take me a few minutes to find that out. Then we’d mentally make the things we wants to act on represented like golf, and put all the things he never wants to get around too, like anxiety, procrastination and hesitation, put that exactly in the place of the things “he doesn’t act on”.
You see, to go from where you are now to being the absolute best, may be too big of a leap. It may be hard for your brain to envision it. However, if you, like Brooks, set smaller increasing growth targets, you can get really good at achieving what you put your mind too. Thus it becomes “familiar” for you to succeed. As you can see with Brooks, this mental strategy and these small wins can quickly get you to the top.
OVER-AWARE OF UNNECESSARY DATA
“Design your perceptions and design your behaviours around the task at hand. Then the task becomes simple” – Dr. Richard Bandler.
As an example, lets take people who do those hire wire walks in mid air. Or envision someone walking across a board between two 4 story buildings. If they look at the ground they slow themselves down and risk falling. They only need data about the board and the other side to walk across. Thats it. If you take in any other sensory input, you’re in trouble.
By becoming over-aware of height, they become over-aware of the possibility of falling. Thus they slow themselves down. In the same way, the athlete who worry’s about hitting a bad shot, becomes over-aware of the possibility of failing and therefore decreases their performance. A fighter who’s over-aware of the speed and power of the opponents right hook, increases their chances of getting hit with it. The weight-lifter who’s over-aware of failing on a lift, thereby increases their chances of failing with that lift.
On the flip side, if you see only your behaviour and yourself responding to and successfully dealing with the circumstances, you’ll increase your chances of doing just that. Remember, your conscious mind is designed to focus like a laser on specifically where you want your unconscious to take you.
I work with lots of kids who are golfers and they let their brain take in unnecessary data. This is what makes them anxious. They worry about what their friends are doing etc. They become over-aware of sand-traps, over-aware of the water etc. All you need to focus on is putting the ball in the whole. All the rest is extraneous thinking. Use the super-state, positive visual hallucination technique to shrink the fairway and bring it up and close in your mind.
MOTIVATION – JUICE UP THE VOICES IN YOUR MIND.
How you think determines your level of motivation. Our thoughts are generated & represented in three major systems – visual, auditory & kinaesthetic.
The auditory system has a major impact on our state, our mood, how we feel & our level of motivation. Motivation is a process, not a thing that you have or don’t have. Its something you do mentally.
One way to juice up your motivation, is to juice up the voices in your mind. Think of something you want to be motivated to do. As you look at that in your mind, hear Mickey Mouse’s voice motivating you. Now compare that to THE ROCK’s Voice or Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice motivating you. Big difference. It’s your brain, you can put whatever voices you want in your mind. You can choose the tone, the speed and the number of voices you have fuelling you with motivation. You can have an entire opera motivating you. You can have a team of the sexiest cheerleaders, cheering you on more and more every step closer you get to victory.
The voices in your head should fill you with irresistible desire & anticipation, not be whining, screeching ones that make you feel bad.
The tonality and tempo of internal voices has a huge effect on how you feel. There is significant overlap among the cortices, especially the auditory and kinesthetic cortex. One way to produce anxiety is to make the speed of the voices in your head go really fast, faster than the outside world so you have difficulty keeping up with your thoughts. This will make you anxious. Simply slowing down the voice and changing the tonality can reduce and get rid of anxiety.
I remember doing advanced NLP strategies & DHE seminars with Dr. Richard Bandler, and in the seminar we installed the sexiest voices ever. I like to apply this for golfers. Install the sexiest, begging female voice “ohhh [John] please put your ball in the hole”. The closer your ball gets to the hole the better you feel. Hear the trees cheering you on while the wind whistles tunes of glory behind your back as the crowd sings & dances as you move your way to victory.
LOCATION IS KEY –
Think of ONE THING you are HIGHLY MOTIVATED TO DO. See it in your mind. Now notice where those motivated voices are in your mind. Is there one voice or multiple voices? In the same place, with the same tonality, hear those voices motivating you to play, practice & perfect your desired sport.
In summary, you have the most fun and sophisticated instrument at your disposal- YOUR BRAIN. Use it!
ELIMINATE POST-HYPNOTIC SUGGESTIONS
Clients come in and say, “they can’t be hypnotized”. Before they even know what it is!!! Or they come into my office and say, “they can’t be helped” …beforehand they tell me “there’s absolutely nothing I could do that could help their brain”. They don’t even have the slightest clue of what I’m going to do!!!
Identify some limiting belief you’ve been carrying out. Maybe some parent, teacher, coach or competitor said “you weren’t good enough” or “you’ll never make it” and that sunk in your mind. This crap can spread like cancer in your mind if you don’t get rid of it. The last thing you want to do is “ask why do I have this?” … clean up your mind as quickly as possible.
Realize limiting beliefs are usually based on a past memory in your mind. If that memory, pops up in your mind before you compete its going to negatively slant your performance. Enough of that.
USE THE “CHANGE BELIEF” FORMULA or GET RID OF BAD MEMORY FORMULA.
Or simply do the following:
How do you know you Believe (X – limiting belief)? Notice the image in your mind … if you say there is no image you “just get a feeling” … well the feeling has to come from somewhere. Its either a picture or voice. Likely both. TURN THE MEMORY BLACK AND WHITE & RUN IT IN REVERSE. REWIND IT BACK TO THE BEGINNING. Then BLEACH IT OUT 3X VERY FAST.
Remember, for trauma victims, they “had” tragic lives! You “had” difficulty. Maybe you “had” bad things happen in the past. Whats the best thing about it? Its in the past. Whats the best thing about the future? You can make it anything you want – if you effectively operate your own brain.
LIMITATIONS – ESPECIALLY MENTAL ARE LIMITED TO ONLY PARTICULAR STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
To get rid of limitations and take your game to the next level you need to do two things:
- GO INTO AN ALTERED STATE
- USE OPTIMAL MENTAL STRATEGY TO PERFORM WITH DESIRED SKILL.
Any limit or difficulty you have is exclusive to particular states. Change your state & your limits disappear. Or make that limiting state trigger off a desired state – even better! I’m sure you’ve had one of those “good” or “great” days where you were in a completely different state it was like you couldn’t miss or mess up. None of those limits were there. Its like your brain and mind were in a different state. It’s not “like” they were in a different state, they were in a different state!!!
Wouldn’t you like to program your mind & body to do that more consistently?
Trance by definition is an altered state. To get into a trance, you do something different with your consciousness than you normally do. Hence, producing an “altered state” in which your brainwaves change. Simple right? People who make a big hoopla about “trance” & hypnotic states have no idea what they’re talking about. Flexibility of consciousness will give you tremendous skill.
WHAT’S THE STRONGEST INSTINCT OF OUR NEUROLOGY?
THE PRIMARY INSTINCT OF OUR BRAIN IS TO REPEAT WHATS FAMILIAR
This is why you want to STOP any bad habit the moment you notice it. You don’t want to let your brain get too good at bad habits or used to them! People who choke, end up getting really good at choking. The more you do it the better you get at it. Getting frustrated on a golf course, the more you do it the better you get out of it. Getting anxious, the more you do it, the more your brain will instinctually do it. Nip those problems in the bud, now.
ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY, YOUR BRAIN WILL BE DRIVEN TO THE FAMILIAR.
Practice the exact desired states you want your brain to unconsciously go in as much as possible. Practice the exact mental strategies.
LEARNING – For learning, make it familiar to do new things. Thus your natural tendency when faced with uncertainty will be to learn to do new things.
PROBLEM WITH PROBLEMS IS THAT THEY HAPPEN UNCONSCIOUSLY – That is you don’t have CONSCIOUS CONTROL over them … YET!
PLANNING – If you don’t like your response in a situation, the best time to change it is AHEAD OF TIME!
If you’re already fuming with anger on a golf course thats not the best time to change things.
I’d rather you didn’t go into anger in the first place.
Sitting here you could even predict where in the future you’d get frustrated can’t you?
In a weird sort of way your brain already has it all planned out. What do you think we’re going to do? MAKE A NEW PLAN. Apply SWISH PATTERN TECHNIQUE to make desired changes & trade states.
POST-HYPNOTIC ANCHORS (see anchoring exercise).
… when you touch here … you’ll be able to re-experience these feelings fully.
GRAB THE LOW HANGING FRUIT – A FIRST PRACTICE IS TO PRACTICE GOOD BRAIN NUTRITION
“The food you put in your body, is what your body has to make your body out of”.
You seriously want to be built out of soft crumbly potato chips? Or corn flakes? Parents, start implementing healthy brain nutrition when kids are young. Make eating healthy familiar to them, and thus their basic instinct. Plus by eating good brain nutrition, they’ll be less injury prone, focus better, learn faster, maximize their talent and be happier and healthier. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? Remember in terms of habits, our brain will be automatically driven to do whatever is most familiar. Parents, get healthy foods on the table and associate them to success.
I hear of these pro basketball players and their candy addictions. Do you really want your ankles made out of a freaking gummy bears? See Change Compulsion Technique Below.
PRACTICAL BRAIN EXERCISES
This final section includes practical techniques to make desired changes in your mind, your state and your performance. Please note that these are highly sophisticated techniques and the nuances of how you perform them are just as important as the techniques themselves. To learn how to perform mental change work at the highest level, attend a Game Changer Licensed NLP Practitioner Seminar.
To start, in NLP, we have a very simple yet effective technique that enables you to quickly TRADE STATES & HABITS. Its called the SWISH PATTERN. By “BAD HABIT” this could be something you do, like eating unhealthy foods or a particular situation you get angry on the golf course or during a tennis match, or a time and place where you get a “bad feeling” you’d like to change.
For example, basketball players wouldn’t you like to change a compulsion for eating candy bars (X) for an irresistible desire to practice free throw shooting (Y)?
CHANGE COMPULSION – GET RID OF ADDICTION “BAD HABIT” TECHNIQUE. This technique trades X for Y
- Think of Current Compulsion or BAD HABIT (X). Step Inside the Memory (associated). See it so you can access the feelings of that compulsion.
- Build an Image of Yourself Performing a NEW HABIT (Y). See yourself performing that habit & see exactly the state you’re in while performing that habit (dissociated).
- DO THIS STEP VERY QUICKLY. Pull up BAD HABIT (X). Put picture of the NEW HABIT (Y) in corner of your mind. Like a little tab on the bottom of your window screen on your computer. VERY QUICKLY, take the BAD HABIT (X) and shrink it down and fade it off into the corner in your mind and POP UP the image of the NEW HABIT (Y). Just as if you’re closing one window screen and opening up another. Do this 3X very fast.
- Who’s your favourite athlete?
- Think of your old bad habit & notice what happens.
This will begin to re-wire the old habits & neuropathways to the new desired habits. You can use the same formula to CHANGE YOUR STATE – Bad Days to Good Days. You can use this so the very things that used to trigger off bad performance now trigger off good performance.
Those tired, sluggish, un-motivated “I don’t feel like it” days.
The best athletes, on those days when its time to perform and train … and they don’t feel like it … they don’t go “I’m sorry I don’t feel like it” and try to fight with themselves to get themselves to do it … they simply change their own internal state and go and do it. Thats in part, why they win so much. They have the ability to control their own brain and body. Anyone who works out and trains knows these “bad days” will happen to the best of us. Your ability to motivate yourself and turn it on at will is a game-changer. It sure could help millions of people stick to their workout regimens!
MOTIVATION IS A MOTOR – SPINNING FEELINGS TO GET YOUR MOTOR MOVING.
Has there ever been a time you were so motivated to do something you just couldn’t wait to do it? Ahhhh yes, hasn’t there? Go back to that in your mind.
That motivated feeling, where do you feel it the strongest in your body? Where does it start? Where does it move to next? Take that feeling and spin it through your body, double it, triple it, 10X that feeling. With that motivated feeling spinning wildly inside you think of the precise things you’d like to be motivated to do.
MOTIVATION IS SYSTEMATIC. RIGHT PLACE IN YOUR MIND = RIGHT RESULTS.
Sitting here reading this you can tell me the very things you’ll be motivated to do and will go do, as well as the things you won’t do. Your brain already knows.
Where in your mind are the pictures of the things you’re motivated to do? Where are the pictures of the things you’re not motivated to do?
To increase your motivation for an activity, like a sling shot, see the things you want to be more motivated to do, snap right up into the same location, the same place, the same size as the things you’re already motivated to do. See yourself procrastinating, over-thinking things, being anxious (pick your bad habits), like a sling shot popping up in the location of the things you’re not motivated to do. Wouldn’t it be nice to just not be motivated to procrastinate? “Sorry I just don’t feel like it …”
To sell something sometimes all you have to do is get the picture in the right spot in their mind. The same applies for irresistibly motivating an athlete. Get those mental images in the right place.
MOST CLIENTS & ATHLETES ARE ALREADY DEMONSTRATING THE EXACT ABILITIES THEY WANT, THEY JUST AREN’T DOING IT IN THE SPECIFIC AREAS THEY WANT.
In essence, what you do is take the existing motivation and aim it towards other activities you want to be more motivated to do. Its just like the feeling of a craving. You can connect that to anything non-linearly. You can take a craving of potato chips and use that to build a compulsion to go to the gym and lift weights.
This whole idea of being or not being a motivated person is hogwash. For an over-weight person dubbed “un-motivated” … put a bowl of potato chips in front of them and you’ll see just how motivated they are. As a savvy practitioner you can use any existing motivations & compulsions and use them to your advantage.
Pull out your two arms in front of you. Palms turned up.
On the one hand see The Current You. On the other hand see The Future You.
THE CURRENT YOU—-> THE FUTURE YOU.
In between your two hands see 4 Steps Between where you are and where you want to be. Make 4 pictures in between representing each step. Each step see yourself 20% better. So step 1 20% better, step 2 40% better, step 3 60% better, step 4 80% better. Altogether you have 6 pictures total.
Begin to meditate on both hands, and begin to let your unconscious bring your two hands closer together only at the rate and the speed, those two “you’s” and the steps in-between, begin to move closer together … and keep moving your hands until you’re ready, really ready for the NEW YOU … to completely pop on top of the old you … so that each and everything that used to lead to the old you, now leads to the new you … and then you’re your ready to make a lasting change, then and only then let your two hands touch. And as they touch let your body begin to let go and your mind relax … close your eyes and take a little ride into your future … shoot on forward in your mind … from the present through each of those pictures you made…move through those steps … and approach closer and closer the FUTURE YOU in your mind, and keep going until you FLOAT ALL THE WAY INTO THAT FUTURE YOU. ANCHOR that feeling.
Give yourself the suggestion that when you open your eyes, and when you’re playing your sport, at any time or any moment that you need this ANCHORED feeling, you simply fire off the anchor and it will come rushing into your body. Voila! Open your eyes.
SLOW TIME DOWN
1. Close your eyes and make a picture of you playing your sport. In the centre of the picture make things move really slow and on the sides of the picture, the periphery, you make them move really fast. This creates the state of time distortion that people experience while driving. So centre slow, periphery moving fast. It also replicates what happens in those mega life or death adrenaline moments – everything in the periphery is flying by, but the centre of your vision seemingly stands still. Have you ever experienced a moment like that before?
2. Can’t waiting in a long bank line or grocery store line be excruciating? Why is that? Its because your brain is running faster than real time, thus making time appear slower. To slow time down increase the speed of your mind to faster than the real world. Relatively the outside world will seem slower. Make a picture of yourself playing your sport. Turn it into a movie. Only see it playing 3X the speed of real time.
For fighting, see yourself and the opponent moving at 3X the speed of real life. See yourself combating and attack your opponents every move. In the match your opponent will seem slower.
Same for baseball. See the pitchers pitches coming in 2X as fast as usual, and still see yourself reading and reacting. You’ve been to batting cage before and hit at lets say, 70 mph … then went to 40mph … didn’t 40mph seem ultra slow, slower than usual, after experiencing 70mph?
You can bio-hack this for weight-lifting. For average Joes, do one or two sets of ultra heavy weight at or near 1RM, 2RM or 3RM. After the heavy weight, move down to the lighter working set weight you’re going to do for reps. The lighter weight will seem lighter and easier than if you just go straight to that light weight.
SPEED UP TIME
Make the movie in your mind run at half the speed of real time. See it going in slow motion. Relatively, time will seem to pass by faster. This is great for doing mundane things such as practicing skills and parts of your game you don’t enjoy practicing and or doing things like taxes or homework! For you student athletes.
ADDITIONAL TIME DISTORTION EXERCISE
Compare SUB-MODALITIES. Submodalities are the properties our mind uses to represent our thoughts. They are the properties of our thinking.
FAST vs. SLOW TIME.
- Think of a time, when “Time” just flew by. A great movie. A great vacation. A great party. Notice where that is in your mind visually? Notice the location of the image. The size. How close it is to you? Is it a movie or a slide?
- Think of a time when “Time” just crawled and seemed to go by super-slow. Notice the sub-modalities of that experience. Magical “change work” can be performed just by learning and adjusting the Sub-Modalities of thought – learn everything you need to know at an NLP Practitioner Seminar.
- Build new representations of the things you want to “fly by” with the same sub-modalities as “fast time” and new representations for the things you want to “slow time down” for with the same sub-modalities as “slow time”. Build them in the exact same place, location, size and sub-modalities.
These leverage “the relativity” of time. To perform they require mental skill. Though they are phenomena we all naturally experience. Only problem is most pop in and out of these states randomly, you want to learn how to do them deliberately.
Not only is time relative, but so is every experience that has ever happened to you. Its “relative”, that is, dependent on your point of view. Hint hint: we’re dealing with those precise properties of thought again, sub-modalities.
“NOT ENOUGH TIME”
Most of us feel we don’t have enough time to do everything we want to do. In a study at Harvard people were asked, “If you could have anything what would it be? The most common answer was, “an extra hour per day.”
I remember Dr. Bandler talking about a musician whom he worked with. This musician was distraught because he didn’t have enough time to practice his music. Thats because he had to work as a waiter in the evenings to financially support his family. Finances are a major issue for athletes across the world. My mentor, used the above time distortion technique to create a state of distortion, and then built in the ability for the musician to re-access that state on demand. That way on his breaks at work, he could simply close his eyes, go inside and get a few hours of mental practice in his mind in what in real time only took a few minutes. Talk about a learning hack! Talk about a time saver! Considering how precious time is, do you think I was motivated to learn these time distortion techniques? Do you think I wanted to dive way deep into time distortion and the possibilities with myself & my athletes? You bet!
DEEP TRANCE IDENTIFICATION TECHNIQUE
The best athletes, public speakers, comedians and entrepreneurs all had models and idols. These models showed them a way to the top. Humans first learn via imitation. Once we can unconscious imitate others, then we can start to play, experiment & find our own optimal approach.
Just think of basketball and the number of kids who imitated Michael Jordan. You first imitate Michael Jordan’s moves until you can do some of them yourself. Then you learn and refine your own game. Its the same with martial arts. The same with acting etc. But without the model to show your brain a real life example of how to master something, it would be much much harder for you to master it.
If you could pick any athlete, which athlete’s beliefs would you like to have? Would you like to have the belief in yourself the way Michael Jordan did? Or Tiger Woods? Or Michael Phelps? Pick that athlete now.
Now I know you’ve seen your favourite athlete in action, seen how they perform in big moments under pressure, their body posture, how they move, even how they breathe, how they think, their interviews, even how they practice, their signature moves … you can see their specific skills and mannerisms in your mind, now can’t you?
In a moment I’m going to ask you to close your eyes and see your model athlete displaying all of their greatest skills. See that mental movie of them. Then in a moment, you’re to step right inside them in your mind. Step outside of yourself and inside of your idol. A break from you, a vacation of learning inside of them.
Take a deep breath. Now would be the perfect time to close your eyes and step inside them. Notice how the world looks through their eyes, how you feel, how you think, how your body moves, how your hands move, how your legs move. Now inside of them run through and experience firsthand some of their greatest moments of success. Experience how they felt in those moments. The adversity they had to go through. How they thought. How they performed. How they excelled. That moment of victory, now. ANCHOR THIS STATE. ANCHOR THESE FEELINGS. You can anchor them with a “Mantra” and or very precise touch on a discrete part of your body. Now take that feeling and double it, triple it, 10X, now and fire off that ANCHOR once again.
Now sit back, relax and let your imagination run away with you. Have a little fun and run through some of your idols greatest performances … experiencing them first hand … all the while your unconscious memorizes that state, memorizes those feelings, memorizes exactly what you need to get to the next level.
Then once you’ve fully immersed yourself in an epic 3-D IMAX sized movie with you as the star performer, go back to your idols first match all the way to where they are today, memorizing the process … perhaps do so several times … then once you’ve learned and experienced what you need to experience … step outside of the movie, step outside of your idol.
See them in your mind. Now right next to them make an image of yourself performing with the exact same skill, movements & abilities as them. Look at both images side by side. When you can see yourself performing just like your idol, take the image of yourself and expand it until it completely covers the image of your idol. See that image of yourself in that precise location in your mind.
As you do so now we’re going to do some REVERSE ENGINEERING. You could call it some mental planning for your future. Or hardwiring your success. Just think, if you were 80% of the way to being the SUPER-PERFORMING YOU, what would that look like? Stop and make a picture of yourself 80% of your way to your target performance. In your mind put that image in front of the SUPER-PERFORMING YOU, 80% of the way there. Then think of one step prior to that. If you were 60% of the way to your SUPER-PERFORMING YOU, what would you look like? How would you be performing? Put that image 60% of the way to your goal. Then make another image. If you were 40% of the way there, what would you look like? Put that in front of the other images. Lastly, if you were one step ahead of where you are now, and 20% of your way to the SUPER-PERFORMING YOU, what would that look like? Put that image just in front of you in your mind.
Now are you ready for a ride into the your future? Take a big deep breathe, and a big big smile and in your mind ride forward through each of those five pictures, all the way until you are inside the SUPER-PERFORMING YOU. Turn around in your mind, and look at those steps behind you and see what you had to do to get there. Float back to the present and run through the future all the way to the future you once more. REPEAT 3X. Inside this SUPER-PERFORMING YOU, ANCHOR THIS STATE. ANCHOR THESE FEELINGS.
Memorize this state. Memorize these feelings. We’re not going to wait for them. We’re not going to leave it up to chance. We’re going to take these feelings of this SUPER-PERFORMING state and bring them into the future with you, to ensure your future success.
When you’re ready, take another deep breathe. Sigh. And open your eyes and wake up in the present with a whole lot of determination and desire.
Think of your Idol Athlete. What beliefs would you like to share with them?
What skills would you like to share?
Elicit Mental Strategies & States from the Best. ASK THEM
How do you think about batting/tennis/golf etc. (Pick your sport)
How do you know you’re going to have a good day?
Whats the first thing that happens in your mind?
What do you do next?
How do you know when to hit the ball (X)?
You’re looking to elicit the precise mental formulaof how they think & what happens in their mind. Not “Why” or “Content” but the structure & sequence of how they think. Big difference. You use that formula yourself and your skill improves.
Note: most are not consciously aware of what they do, hence your strategic NLP questions to elicit the specific information you want.
*Strategy Elicitation is a high art of NLP – to be good at this requires both Practitioner & Master Practitioner Training. Mental strategy elicitation to teach other athletes the mental strategies used by the best to improve their skill, thats how you’ll earn the big bucks.
FINAL SUPER-PERFORMANCE EXERCISE
3 KEY INGREDIENTS TO MAX SPORTS PERFORMANCE
- REHEARSAL (Practice) – To automate.
Use BELIEF Change exercise to build desired belief. Note the difference between Beliefs & Convictions. For example, you can “believe” that working out is good, and never step foot in a gym. So beliefs don’t necessarily launch behaviours. But convictions do. If you’re absolutely convinced that you’re going to work out and get healthy, you will.
Iconic champion athletes like Connor Mcgregor, were convinced they’d absolutely be #1 in the world. At a certain point in his journey, that conviction was built and it propelled him to the top. No number of failures or counterexamples could change that conviction. You see that conviction propels you forward, regardless of circumstances. Beliefs are more fragile, and can change with one counter-example. Leverage this when doing “Change Work”.
Think of something you are absolutely convinced of. Maybe that you’re a tremendous athlete, or that you have a particular skill etc. Something that no number of counter-examples could change.
ELICIT THE SUB-MODALITIES of that conviction and then build a new desired conviction in the same place and with the same modalities in your mind. You put the right things in the right place in your mind and you get the right results.
Second, use mental strategy elicitation above. You’re looking for the mental formula used by the best, so that you can use it and thus become more skilled like them.
Third, practice, practice, practice with good sleep. Let your brain automate each individual piece.
“Your job is to build those automatic programs and simply develop the post-hypnotic anchors that fire off those particular states, that activate those particular motor programs and mental strategies. Thats sports super-performance summarized for you in one line.”
Your conscious mind becomes like a remote control for your brain. The result: you get out of your own way and let your brain and body perform like magic.
Lastly, have an ATTITUDE about difficulty. Difficulty is where the fun begins. Difficulty is where you will grow. Difficulty is where you will earn your glory.
PLAN FOR ADVERSITY – DESIGN AN IDEAL STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS FOR IT
Plan for the biggest, most challenging, high pressure situations, and program the precise state you want your brain, mind & body to go into.
In the most challenging moment you could possibly face, how do you want to think? How do you want to feel?
How do you want to perceive the game?
How do you want your body to move?
OCD – is a wonderful asset if you can control it. “The problem isn’t that you obsess, the problems is what you obsess about”.
People talk about Michael Jordan’s absolutely obsessive competitive nature. He wanted to win at everything. You see if you spend 3 hours a day, opening and closing drawers in your kitchen to make sure they’re clean, thats a real waste of time. However, if you’re totally obsessive about practicing free throws, mastering your foot-work, training in the gym, well then you get to separate yourself from the every other player in the NBA and set yourself up to be the greatest of all time.
People talk about “overcoming” “coping” “managing” anxiety, procrastination, stress etc. These are people who are caught up in “psychological terminology” rather than the mechanics of how the brain works. For athletes I want to build a compulsion for practising & mastering their skills. So that the compulsions fire off automatically and they progress without hesitation. Same for clients, I love hearing that a client is OCD, or that they have thoughts they feel compelled to act on. I’m going to flip that right on its very head. I’m going to get them obsessive about relaxing, being happy, playing with their kids, building businesses and making money etc.
So “managing” the anxiety stuff is hogwash. You can program the brain so powerfully that you never go into those crappy states to begin with. Not to mention if you do get anxious that state triggers entirely different neuro-chemical responses inside you. States that enhance your performance. Wouldn’t it be nice if the more anxious you tried to get, the more your talent & focus doubled?
Bottom line, all these things that therapists or coaches look for as being “wrong” in an individual, are in fact usable assets – if you know how. With the information, strategies and practical exercises included in this chapter, you now have in your hands an “owner’s manual for your own brain” that you can use to architect better performance.
MEDITATION – FEELING SUCCESS
Simple Do-It-Yourself Meditation for Athletes. A key part of learning is: NEURO-DIFFERENTIATION. That is the more we can differentiate different states, the better you can access success states vs. poor performance states, and do them deliberately. Make sense?
This also applies for learning & test taking. On math problems, if you don’t get a different feeling about the “correct” answer vs. “incorrect” answer it’s hard to tell them apart. And whats worse, is when you realize it was the wrong answer after the test. Or for an athlete, a bad shot after you already begun performing the shot. You want to begin to differentiate success states vs. poor shot states ahead of time.
This meditation is focused on the “kinesthetics” to increase your sensitivity. We’re training your brain to distinguish & do pattern recognition.
1. Run through your most exquisite moments of success. Remember certain days, certain shots, certain moments where you performed at your best etc. Go back see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel how you felt. NOTICE EXACTLY HOW YOU WERE FEELING IN THOSE MOMENTS.
2. Run through your worst failures – worst shots, worst moments, things you wish you could have back. Go back and see what you saw when you were there, hear what you head, and feel how you felt. NOTICE EXACTLY THE FEELING YOU HAD IN THAT MOMENTS.
Now compare the two feelings. Notice how they move through your body. Where do you feel it the strongest? Where do they start? Where do they move to next? Where do they end? etc. Notice the general direction in which those feelings spin in your body. Got it?
3. Feel the SUCCESS Feeling – develop a little voice that says “YES”. Feel the feeling, hear the “YES”. Do this 3X mechanically. Feel the feeling, hear the voice. During practice or lets say on the range for golfers, practice this. Go into the good feeling state, hear the voice … then shoot. Do this until it begins to function automatically.
4. Feel the FAILURE Feeling – develop a little voice that says “NO”. Feel the feeling, hear the “NO”. Feel the feeling, hear the “NO”. Same as above.
YOU’RE BUILDING LARGER DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN SUCCESS STATE vs. POOR PERFORMANCE STATE. More Neuro-differentiation, equals greater brain and performance precision. Exactly what the brain doctor ordered.
Next time you walk up to the tee or go to take “a serve” … before you go to hit your shot, keep focusing and adjusting your body until you get that YES feeling. And if you get the “NO” voice, you its better to take a step back, re-group and adjust yourself until your body is in the right alignment for the shot. The same applies for free throw shooting in basketball.
We’re programming your unconscious to do pattern recognition. This is a great meditation to do before bed.
In conclusion, in your sport, if you’re able to go into the right trance, you win the game. If you don’t, you won’t.
Second, you get the right strategy off of the right person and use it at the right time. You will perform with similar skill.
You identify the ideal mind/body states for your sport. You train your brain to go into them until you can access them at will. You design ideal states of consciousness in advance to go into when adversity hits.
You utilize the strongest conviction & belief you have about anything in life, and use that to build CONVICTION that you can learn to be the very best at your sport.
You’ve learned that much of talent is learnable. You can teach the mental strategy and put an average person into the same state as the good golfers go into while golfing, and he will get strokes off of his golf game.
Finally, you’ve learned a buffet of brain enhancing techniques to make performance less up to chance, and more in your control.
What more could you want from a book? You’re armed and ready to go!