Ask any personal trainer what it takes to get in shape, get healthy, improve your game or lose weight. They are going to tell you that it takes work, but that all the work is pointless if your head isn’t in the game. Go ahead and ask, I’ll wait…
I was right, wasn’t I? That’s why, if you read all the sayings on the wall in the gym, 90% of them are about attitude, perseverance, and focus.
It’s a dirty little secret in the fitness world that most people aren’t going to accomplish what they set out to do. In fact, most major gym chains count on people to stop coming but to keep their membership paid up because gyms oversell their capacity. If everyone who was a member attended regularly, the place would be packed, and no one would be happy. People give up, but keep paying because they “might start going again” or because they feel like canceling is an admission that they have failed. You want to avoid falling into that trap. It’s free money for the gyms, and it doesn’t do you any favors.
So, the next question for that trainer is; “What makes the difference between those who make it and the masses that don’t?” Glad you asked. Somehow, you need to stop thinking about the work as work and start thinking of it as a means to an end. Even better, maybe you can begin to think of it as play, fun even. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. Ultimately, you need to feel like you will be better off for doing the work and that you’ve come too far to quit now.
I bet you think that is easier said than done. In reality, it’s easier done than said. With hypnosis, you experience what it’s like to have the successes you need to feel comfortable without leaving my chair. These experiences stay with you, almost like memories. When it comes time to perform, it’s easy when you feel like you have already done so many, many times before. Ultimately, you need to feel like you will be better off for doing the work and that you’ve come too far to quit now.
Ever heard of someone saying that they were going to stick with something just because of the amount of time they have into it? While we could write a book about the places where that thinking isn’t the best way to look at things, it IS how our minds work, and we can use it to our advantage. The instant you start thinking about the work as something you have already invested heavily in, the momentum starts to carry you along. Inertia: “An object at rest tends to stay at rest. An object in motion tends to stay in motion.” We need your mind to have a clear picture of all the progress you have made so far, that the victories have started to roll in and that it would be a serious shame to stop now. That’s motivation.
Hypnosis and athletes have a long history. See any names you recognize?
Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Kevin Weekes, Guillame Latendresse, Fred Richards, Dorothy Hamill, Kerri Strug, Greg Louganis, Tiger Woods, Ronnie Lott, Jack Youngblood, Kirk Gibson, Bonnie Baun, Lance Armstrong, Mohammed Ali, Jack Nicholas, Gertrude Ederle, Nancy Kerrigan, Billie Jean King, Dale Earnhardt, Allison Rodger, Mike Brearly, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Steve Collins, Nigel Benn, Frank Bruno, Ingemar Johansson, Ken Norton, Iwan Thomas, Ian Woosnam, Greg Louganis, Billy Mills, Ozzie Smith, Steve Booker, Michael Jordan, Ingemar Johannson, Los Angeles Lakers, Rod Carew, Jimmy Connors, Mary Lou Retton, Chicago White Sox, Phil Jackson, Chicago Bulls, Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Maury Wills, Don Sutton, Mark Mcguire, Greg Louganis, Steve Stone, Boomer Esiason, Freeman Mitchell, Talmadge Griffiths, Andre Agassi, Shaquille O’Neal, Frank Bruno, Kobe Bryant, Andy Cole, Dexter Jackson, Dan Lugar, Adam Nelson, Bill Buckner, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dorian Yates, Corey Everson, Shannon Bahrke, Jim Eisenreich, Adam Nelson, Ivan Thomas, Deanna Rushworth, Damion Easley, Tommy “t2 Guns” Griffith, Jeff Jaeger, Bill Bates, Vincent Hancock, Bob Reese, New York Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Montréal Canadians… and thousands of professional athletes belonging to the NBA, NHL, CFL, AFL, MLB, NASCAR, World Olympic Teams, MMA, UFC, WBC, WBA, WTI, ATP, PGA, UCI…
Every name you see there has acknowledged using hypnosis for better performance, focus, attitude and more!
This site has some great additional information: http://www.sportshypnosis.org/
I am a Certified Specialist in Hypnosis and Sports Performance. I work with athletes, trainers, and people just like you to help achieve peak performance.