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Sports Improvement for Peak Performance
Motivating you to achieve greater levels of sporting excellence
New, Fantastic, Legal, Sports Performance Enhancer
Studies show that mental rehearsal is the key to improving your sports performance. This holds true for just about any sport you can think of; from tiddly-winks to tossing the caber, and from athletics all the way through to zorbing.
Visualising yourself winning and mentally rehearsing your strategy can seriously improve your physical performance. That's a bold claim, but in fact, many coaches have come to realize that sports are 90% mental (or emotional) and only 10% physical ability. No matter even if you are the No.1 player in the world consistently for your sport, year in year out, if your mind is not on your game, you're screwed!
Visualising, or mentally rehearsing your improved performance has been an approved method of training for many years. Mental training took centre stage in the 70's and 80's during the olympics, when it became clear that a high percentage (around 85%) of the Russian athletes were using forms of hypnosis and mental training to enhance their game, track times, lifts, jumps, throws and rows. As the 1980s progressed, it became clear that mental disciplines were widely, if not universally, employed by elite Soviet athletes.
Charles A. Garfield, author of Peak Performance: Mental Training Techniques of the World’s Greatest Athletes (1984), extensively studied the Soviet and East German sports training programs and provides fairly good indications that most, if not all, top Soviet athletes incorporate mental rehearsal techniques into their training regimens.
More recently, studies have show that athletes have been able to improve their performance and increase their muscle strength simply by imagining using their muscles, and by imagining doing their training, by a percentage that is only a little short of actually doing the training for real. The conclusion of researchers was that the brain was creating the same neural pathways that would have been created had the athlete been playing and not just mentally rehearsing. This evidence suggests that when you are in 'the zone' of mental rehearsal, the brain is unable to distinguish between that and actual physical performance, or, in other words, tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined.
The other consideration here is that mental rehearsal can have a secondary gain over and above visualising the win. It can also help you prepare for difficulties and obstacles in your game; the sliced kick or swing, taking a corner badly, the trip up, the bad timing, the fall, dropping the ball, or even an accident involving physical injury. There is always something that could go wrong in all sports, which if they do, can have disastrous consequences for the team or individual result. By visualizing yourself overcoming these problems successfully, over and over again, you build some time into your thinking and reduce any anxiety of the actual threat when it does happen. This is one of the primary ways of enhancing your performance.
When is the best time to perform mental rehearsal?
Anytime is the short answer. But, inbetween training sessions is best, usually just before training or in competition. Many golfers, or tennis players, visualize where the ball is going to land even before they take the swing or serve. This means that mental rehearsal is valuable even during play and also demonstrates how you see the success through your own eyes, and not through the eyes of an observer, or you as the observer.
A lack of self-confidence will have a negative effect on how well an athlete performs, in training and in competition. But what's the other thing that has a massive negative impact on your sporting achievement? The answer is your negative self-talk. Thoughts that come into an athlete's mind can be either positive or negative. Sometimes, even during competition, it’s hard to stop the negative self-talk because, we wonder what we are doing here playing at this level, we ask stupid questions at inappropriate moments, like, what if I miss? We may even feel we deserve to be punished.
One thing to recognize is that negative self-talk goes on all the time without our controlling or guiding it in any way. What do you suppose will be the effect of talking to yourself in a negative way for so long? That's right. You will eventually believe it!
We can all react angrily when we realize how we punish ourselves with negative self-talk, but this rarely creates a solution. Instead you need to learn to replace the judgemental talk with encouraging suggestions, and to allow yourself to make mistakes, but then to learn by them. Regular use of this CD will help you do both.
Whilst listening to this program you will be able to set your goals, visualize yourself performing at your best, reaffirm the hard work and commitment you have toward your sport, practice your composure, confidence and concentration, see yourself winning and improving your personal best, over and over, and over, until you bring them into reality in your game, on the field and in your head.
What about goal setting? Is that important too?
Realistic goals are vital to success. High, but realistic goals being the key to sustained improvement. Half marathon runners who try to do personal bests (PB's) by reducing their mile times by minutes rather than seconds, normally only succeed in injuring themselves, and never making their preferred time. Making and attaining your goals through mental rehearsal will rapidly improve your athletic skill, concentration, and endurance. This is what we have tried to help you achieve by producing this CD/MP3.
It will hopefully, help you with your Self Talk. Self talk is where you pump yourself up and create an energetic surplus where you need it most; in your boot, forearm, hips, depending on what sport you are playing. You sharpen our mind, your skills and your techniques by successfully talking yourself through the processes that help motivate and inspire you.
When you self talk, you can't help but Visualize. Visualization helps you create scenarios whereby you are at the finish line, or more effectively, at a difficult, perhaps threatening part of your sport, and overcoming those obstacles, so that when they occur in real time, your mind is ready to respond effectively.
Many times, athletes will suffer defeats, or failure, or injury and give up. Injury sometimes give you an opportunity to reflect and to see, from another perspective, where you went wrong. In NLP terms, we call this Reframing. Reframing is when you take your failures and see them as your teacher. They become an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and to make things better, to maintain a positive approach to your training and performance. All top athletes use reframing all the time. You don't have to be injured, or wait for something bad to happen, that was just an example of when you might find it beneficial. The important thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, and this is where reframing is champion.
Finally, the CD contains a fully relaxing Meditation during which time you can bring yourself into a comfortable feeling of relaxation and balance. A simple breathing exercise will help you improve your feelings of focus and concentration, and to reduce, or ignore, the nagging distractions that mar the perfect sporting performance that you so desperately want to achieve.
The difference between 1st and 2nd.
In some sports like tennis, you need two points, or sets, more than your opponent to win, but most of the time, like in running, racing, shooting, jumping, or throwing, the difference between 1st and 2nd can be a nose, or even a fingernail. Millimeters or microseconds can seperate who comes first and who is forgotten. This means that in a physical sense, you can be equal in every respect to the athlete next to you at the starting line. All your training, your diet, the hours spent in the gym, have all been replicated by all the other athletes that are stood alongside you. No wonder so many athletes are using mental rehearsal, visualization, meditation, energizing, self-talk, positive thinking and reframing to get the edge over their opponent and take their game to the next level.
Mental imagery works by pattern matching in the brain.
When you imagine yourself performing at your best, you are creating neural pathways in the brain, little photons of light that come from the energy of the thoughts in your mind. When you think of your mum, or your children, you can get a clear image of them in your mind. They're not really there in your mind, your mum may be out shopping and your children at school, but you can still see them with you in your head. Your thoughts have created that image from the energy in your mind. That's why you can see yourself holding their hand or pushing them on a swing. You are accessing visual, auditory, tactile, emotional and kinesthetic cues already available in your brain as patterns from previous experience. In the same way, your mind can create memories of you performing at your best that seem just as real. So real in fact, that when you come to perform the action subsequently, it's as if you have succeeded in doing it already, your muscles are primed and the action taken as if well rehearsed in real life.
Mental rehearsal has been shown for decades to be of value when trying to improve your sports performance at any level, from the junior athlete to the elite professional athlete, and everyone in between. Keeping a positive attitude takes time and effort. In these times of intense competition, losing is easy. Winning is the hardest thing you can do. Give yourself the best chance you can by engaging the power of your mind with the strength of your body and make both work toward the same goals. This CD is designed to help give you those winning chances and the credit you deserve.
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Note 1: Please Apply Caution: THIS CD CONTAINS A DEEPLY RELAXING MEDITATION ROUTINE. PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS WHILST DRIVING OR AT ANY OTHER TIME WHEN YOU NEED TO BE ALERT, OR PAYING ATTENTION, OR OTHERWISE OUTWARDLY FOCUSED. THANK YOU. - Phil
Note 2: I am karmically convinced of the safety of this product, but as I cannot directly influence how you use the CD, I can assume no liability whatsoever for damages of any kind that occur to you or anyone else who uses this product or applies the healing technique. The method of Healing presented here and on the CD is not intended as a substitute for professional health care. - Phil
Note 3: Please be aware that this CD does not take the place of conventional medicine. Always consult a GP for an acute or infectious condition, and problems of an urgent nature. Continue with your prescribed medication. Self healing is a complementary therapy that works effectively alongside orthodox/conventional healthcare, thus expanding your treatment options.
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