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Sports Improvement Training for Peak Performance - CD
Achieve Peak Performance in Sport
Use EFT to improve your sports performance
Steps to breaking the barriers to success and peak performance
Achieve peak performance and your goals
Radically improve your sporting performance
Stay sharp and believe in yourself
Decide you are going to be a winner: Nobody ever wins until they decide they are going to be a peak performer and a winner. Lots of people dream of being a winner, they want it, they wish it, they demand it, but in the end it's not until you really decide to make it happen, that things start falling into place for you. This can be a real barrier for some people and by applying EFT to the reasons for not deciding, we can remove some of these blocks and make things happen.
This can be a real problem for some people as their lives are so full of challenges and conflicts about whether they can or can't take a certain decision, or whether they are worthy. Sometimes the act of deciding triggers our inner conflicts and it is to these that we will be applying EFT.
Break through the barriers that hold you back: There are many things that hold us back and stop us fullfilling our dreams.
These barriers keep people frozen with fear and stop them achieving. Things like, fear of success (which isn't actually fear of success at all, its more a fear of having to work hard to achieve, and then keep on working, maybe even harder, just to maintain the achievement or to improve it, because it is expected of you to continue), the need for discipline, the idea that you have to be against everybody else, perhaps hated by fellow competitors, having money but always worrying who will be looking to take it away. Ideas of success that look like this become a reason for not starting in the first place.
What barriers? Characteristically, barriers are our beliefs. Beliefs about where you are in the rankings, what's even possible for you, whether you deserve or don't deserve to win, or whether you're not that good before you start. EFT looks back at all these underlying beliefs and neutralizes those that are manifesting now as under performance. This lessens your attachment to these underlying beliefs and allows you to move forward in a positive way.
It's what you associate with being successful, how success looks for you, and the price you're going to have to pay to get it that is the stumbling block for many. We apply EFT to breaking through the barriers and dissolve away the stumbling blocks to success.
Clarify in your own mind what's important to you: One of the main questions you can ask yourself is, what is most important to you in your life? The answer to that question will give you an idea of where your values lie. How do you decide what is important? The decision has already been taken for you. Whenever you feel good about something, whenever you feel the energy of a situation that has benefited you, these are the things that give you your life values. They become the basis for our existence, and are the 'writing on our wall' that we turn to whenever there are decisions to be made.
When you see the things that make other people feel important or happy that you can't have, you get a sense of denial, that you've missed out on something vital. These things can give you a sense of value too, you place value on them through an inner need that you're not realizing. You've been building these values and responding to them all your life. Now when you need them, your values will provide you with your usual response. When this is in conflict with your current desires, EFT is the tool you can use to neutralize your ties to conflicting values.
What conflicts? Well, as an example, you may have contentedness as a high value, but, you're in the semi's looking towards the finals and your contentedness gives you the belief that 'I'm happy where I am', just playing for fun and not taking it too seriously. But you need to take it seriously, the whole team is relying on you to take is seriously. You want to win, but at the same time your mind says 'It's only a game'.
You might have security as a high value. Again your mind is telling you, you need to break out and increase your determination. That is contrary to your security value because there is some uncertainty to the outcome of playing in a final. Only one team can win. Perhaps this can be summed up with a quote from the American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher, Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), who said: “We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success”. If one of your values is security, not risk taking, it's easy to see the conflict here.
The American psychiatrist M. Scott Peck (1936-2005) said: "Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you won't do anything with it.” And Roy Disney (son of Walt) says: "When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier", and this brings us conveniently onto the next section, that is making decisions in the form of goals.
Set Goals: Abert F. Geoffrey said: “The most important thing about having goals is having one.” Set goals that encourage team players to look to each other for inspiration and support and to function as a unit. This helps to eliminate internal conflicts within a team. Nobody ever got anywhere without setting the outcome as a goal first. Anyone who has achieved anything made the achievement from adhering to a goal.
What kind of goals? Optimal athletic performance is associated with high levels of self-confidence, and for that you need goals. They have to be big goals. Focus your attention on where you want to be, and by a specific time. Lock and Latham's (1985) research suggests that a linear relationship exists between degrees of goal difficulty and performance, such that goals which are specific and difficult lead to a higher level of performance than 'just go for it' and 'do your best' goals.
Goal setting improves performance by directing attention, adjusting training programs, increasing effort and persistence, and motivating the athlete to learn new strategies. We will use EFT to make your goals specific, measurable and observable. EFT will help us set short-range goals and long-range goals, and also to internalize the goals to open your mind to new possibilities and instill a new style of self-confidence and self-discipline. It was Jim Rohn, the motivational author, who said: “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments”, which is so true, and EFT will help you remove the doubt and go forward by sticking to your goals through discipline.
Plan to win: Above all, plan to win. Prepare to win. Train to win. Organize your life around your goals and winning will become as natural as breathing. A great concert pianist was once confronted by a member of the audience who in praise of the performance said, 'That was a wonderful concert, I'd give half my life to play as well as you do', and the pianist said, 'Exactly what it took'. Find someone who's career you wish to emulate and study them in detail. Find out what makes them so successful and model their success.
From dreams to action - a personal commitment: All ambition starts with an idea, a dream, a desire. Bringing that dream into reality is going to require commitment on your part. Maybe a great deal of commitment in the form of learning new strategies, training, sacrifice, pain, disappointment, fear, achievement and joy. No matter how committed you are, your success will depend a great deal on your beliefs and each setback will require a renewed commitment. This is where EFT comes in because it is beautifully positioned to boost your momentum, to achieve goal progression, strengthen your self-confidence and motivation, and increase your energy input and output.
Take action: Every day do something that advances you toward your goal. If you have set a big goal, so much the better, but also set a time limit. With a time limit you can break this down into months, weeks, days or even hours. Take measurable steps toward your goal, and regularly check your achievements against your target. The smaller you break down the increments to success the easier they will be to achieve. EFT can be used to set targets, overcome setbacks, develop self-confidence, achieve goals, and unravel the mysteries surrounding the sometimes elusive concept of motivation.
What sports do you cover?
Actually, EFT can be applied to all kinds of sport. My main interests lie in rugby (because I'm sports therapist to a rugby club), golf, tennis, marathon runners, endurance events and chess. But the list below goes some way to demonstrating that these techniques are useful for all kinds of sport, including:-
The fact is that the approach is the same no matter what the sport. The blocks you have in a particular sport are going to be the same blocks you have in any sport.
- Ice Skating
- & many, many more
How are you going to deal with these issues? These are the same issues that come up in every sport. There is a direct relationship between self-confidence and sporting performance (Feltz). Self-confidence in sport, refers to the strength of a belief or conviction in one's desire and ability, but does not specify the level of perceived competence to perform that sport. Self-efficacy (Bandura) is the term used to specify the level of perceived competence and the strength of that belief.
- Am I good enough?
- How am I going to keep up with the competition?
- Will I ever become better than the competition?
- Why do I always blow it in the semi-finals, or worse, the finals?
- What is the best way to deal with all those beliefs that say, I'm not good enough?
- What's going wrong in my training?
- Do I have the heart, or, the will, to win?
- How do I get my mind in the right place?
- Where does my self-confidence go when I play a bad shot?
- What is a negative mind-set?
- What are negative self-fulfilling prophecies and psychological barriers?
- How do I identify the thoughts that are holding me back?
- How can I identify my emotional blocks to success?
- Other peoples comments always affect me badly, why is this?
Having high levels of self-confidence is no guarantee of success and will not compensate for lack of sporting skill, but in situations where competitors are evenly matched it can be the crucial determinant. When athletes suffer with repeated failures, they don't mysteriously lose their physical skills and talents, but their self-confidence usually takes a nosedive, and with confidence in their abilities now lacking, high-level performance is rarely achieved.
So how do you develop this mysterious self-confidence? You develop it through hard work and effective training initially, but you also develop it through your beliefs. The main thing is to realize that you will always perform in a manner consistent with how you see yourself. Start by challenging yourself to think confidently, then start to believe in yourself. If you believe you can win, there is often very little that can stop you achieving your goals.
All of these questions come up in every sport, so it's not unrealistic to expect the same discipline to be applied for each sport. What changes, is what you say. You apply a technique that is diverse enough to address the issues specific to a particular sport. For example, putting in golf, serving in tennis, a throw-in in rugby or a penalty kick in football. Turning around beliefs that make the difference between winning and losing can take as little as one minute, but they can last a lifetime. Learn to believe in yourself. Don't let failure shatter your self-confidence. Challenge yourself to do better next time.
Your self-confidence and belief in yourself, can take years to build up, through hard work and training. If you find that a simple bad shot, or missed chance is knocking your confidence for six, then this usually means there is something else going on that needs to be addressed. True self-confidence is not that fragile or catastrophic. If your confidence is phasing in and out with your performance, then we need to address why this is happening and do something about it before it becomes one of those self-fulfilling prophecies.
My final message to you is this: If you long to do better in your sport, make that choice now and believe in yourself. Try EFT and see what it can do for you. Don't wait! The sooner we start analysing your game and applying EFT to the outcome, the sooner you are likely to see your performance soar to new heights. If you live in any of the towns and villages on the left of this article, you are well within a 2-40 minute drive of The Haven Healing Centre, and I'd be delighted to see you.
Please call Phil Chave on 01761 462722 to make your appointment or to talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs.
Don't wait. Make your appointment today. You'll be glad you did!
P.S. If you are having difficulty finding the mental clarity to win the game in your head prior to winning on the field, now is the time to start an EFT program. Peak performance is not an accident. You must have a superior plan to win and put that plan into action. Pick up the phone and give me a call, right now! You can do EFT training right alongside your current training program and remove all the blocks to your highest achievement.
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