“You have power over your
mind - not outside events.
Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Marcus Aurelius AD 121-180)
Have you ever been in a gym and heard lots of grunts and groans, especially from the guys (and
some ladies too) who are really serious about lifting weights? What’s all that noise about?
me give you another tool I teach my Athletes during their Sports Hypnosis sessions with me. During a workout, when you really
want to build your stamina and endurance and make the workout even better, talk to yourself – but in a special way.
pretend you’re lifting weights. And with each upward move you say “Bigger” and each downward move “Stronger”.
Maybe you misunderstood when I said “say”. I don’t mean like a wimpy “bigger”. I mean a real
Do you have to do it out loud? Sure, why not? Are you really that worried about what someone else will think?
If you are, can you scream in your head? You can – either way, whichever suits you best. When possible, I would suggest
doing it out loud – VERY LOUD!
But I know some of you are thinking “what will other people think?” or one of my Athletes pointed
out to me that by saying it out loud, maybe other Athletes would start doing it too and improving.
OK – if they’re on the same team and it’ll get you closer to a Super Bowl
if you play football or hockey players might want to win the Stanley Cup, then it might be worth it. If it’s your
high school or college teammates, why not share something that will help the team?
here’s what you’ll have that they don’t. You’ll know why you’re doing it and you’ll be
using that as only one tool in your mental toolbox to begin to change any negative self talk to powerful, Positive Self Talk.
a very important aspect of this tool – when you’re saying it, in your mind see / feel yourself as BIGGER and STRONGER!
may be wondering how I came up with that. One of my professional Athletes invited me over to his home to visit and do a session
with him there.
"Champions aren't made in the gyms.
Champions are made from something
they have deep inside them
- a desire, a dream, a vision."
His wife let me in because he was still doing his workout. He has his own gym, probably bigger
/ more expensive than most. She took me to his gym, and he asked me to watch him work out to see if I could spot any ways
he could improve.
Now remember, I’m an Alpha Process Coach – a Mental Trainer, not a physical trainer. But
I said “Sure, go through your regular routine and let’s just see what I notice.”
He was lifting weights and doing his Self Talk with each up / down,
but instead of “Bigger” / “Stronger”, he was saying “Yeah” and “Ummmph”. Not
just saying, but LOUDLY!
When I asked him why he was doing
the “Yeah / Ummmph”, he said it helped him focus. That’s when I suggested using “Bigger / Stronger”.
He really liked it and you know what? He said it kept him focused even better, and he could also see the benefit of using
the positive words. And he began to see even more excellent results quickly....
One of the main things I like about doing Sports Hypnosis with
Athletes is I’ve never heard an Athlete tell me “I’m not really sure if I want to improve my Sports Performance.”
Every single one of them – no matter what age or what sport always wants to improve their Sports Performance and Boost
this particular Athlete is a great example of that. Even though he knew I couldn’t find my way around a gym with
a guide, he knew that I would be able to observe and offer him an insight. Does he still visit with me? You bet
he does. He knows that he using a Mental Coach is just as important as a sports coach or a personal trainer. ...
“The difference between a successful person
and others is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge,
but rather in a lack of will.”
funny thing happened not long ago. Two of my high school sports clients were working out at a gym in their neighborhood. They
didn’t know each other, but noticed that each was doing the “Bigger / Stronger”.
got to talking to each other after their workouts and found out they were both my clients. One played football, the other
hockey. They became good friends and started working out together. They both reached their goals.
another question. Do you do your workouts once, or a practice once, and say “that’s enough – just once will
get me all the results I need”. Would you really go to the gym only once and think one workout would get you the strength
and stamina you need? Would one practice give you the skills you need to win?
It’s the same with mental practice. Just like you do physical
workouts and practice for your sport over and over, you need to do your mental practice over and over as well. ...
It’s about repetition – physical and mental! ...
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind
and nourish with repetition and emotion
will one day become a reality.“
And recently I’ve been working with a TriAthlete. His
goal is to do the big event in Kona – the “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon”. He was asking how this might
be adapted to swimming, cycling or running. He said especially the running was difficult for him. He explained
that his legs felt heavy as if they were slowing him down....
What did we come up with? Faster / Lighter! He said
that would work great for the cycling and swimming as well....
Could this be adapted to other sports? Of course....
What about Golf?
Focused / Relaxed as they walk from hole to hole....
me an email and make suggestions for other sports. Here’s something else I have discovered – different Athletes
will want different words – even in the same sport. Why? Because they each have their own focus on what
their needs are! And so do you!