Sports Mental Training Season Starts Now

posted on January 1, 2013 by Dawn Grant

sport_psychology-300x198Yes, now is the time to start your Sports Mental Training! You need the training time before the first event, before the first competition, before you should be able to implement the mental skills from autopilot mode.

For over 6 years I have been working with Professional Athletes, helping them to improve their Mental Game; the aspect of the game that is invisible and typically goes unnoticed and unaddressed. The consequences of this lack of attention are astronomical and detrimental to consistent and peak performance.

Do you realize that it doesn’t matter how much you practice your mechanics, if you are not working on improving your mental skills, your game will suffer. Mental skills (or the lack of them) trump mechanics every time. If you go into an event or a moment of performance with doubts, fears, worries, or expectations, the level of pressure and anxiety will shift your focus and your physical abilities.

And, sadly, many athletes wait until the season begins before starting their mental training. They attempt to schedule their appointments with me the week before an event, as they are “traveling through town”.

Can you guess the problem with this? What if you changed some aspect of your mechanics the days before an event? Yes, every athlete knows that making a significant change before a competition can be disastrous. It takes way too much effort to try to remember how to implement the change and how to apply the change, all taking away from focus and causing the athlete to perform under pressure instead of by intuition or the subconscious.

Repetition and Practice

All skills, mechanic and mental, need repetition and practice so as to at one point, go into autopilot mode. Without time to learn, understand and practice your mental skills, they will be superficial and attempts to implement them will take your focus off your game.

The Sports Mental Training I offer takes an athlete from point zero, where he/she has very little to no understanding of their mind and the ability to manage their thought patterns, to a full understanding of their conscious and subconscious, and complete comfort in recognizing and addressing the mental stumbling blocks of their game. Through a sequential series of sessions, my client athletes successfully improve their ability to experience the zone state more frequently and for longer periods of time.

Since most of my client athletes live abroad, we do many of their sessions via Skype or phone and they travel into town to experience in-person sessions as their schedule permits.

So, there are no more excuses. If you truly want to take your sports performance to the next level, it is imperative that you start to address your mental skills in a comprehensive manner. Now, before the competitions begin, before the season kicks off, is the time to get to work on your Sports Mental Training.

5 Comments

  • Jon Stevenson says:

    I am very negative about my golf game but also a complete cynic about the kind of thing you do what can you say or do to convince me otherwise.

    • Dawn Grant says:

      Hi Jon
      I am unsure what you are cynical about regarding what I do… do you mean mental training or hypnosis?

      If you are unsure about hypnosis… I have put info about hypnosis on my site in order to educate folks on the truth about hypnosis and to ease there minds as to what it really is (and isn’t) http://dawngrant.com/hypnosis-2/

      You will also find info about mental training.

      The bottom line is… we can’t get out of our heads. Every thought we have causes an instant effect in our body… and, obviously, in our sports performance. There is no avoiding it. I help clients to understand on a fundamental level how their mind works… how behavior and thought patterns effect everything we do… how to train our mind to work with us rather than us feeling like we are a victim of our mind and tendencies… (I could go on and on 🙂 )

      My experience with hypnosis adds an powerful extra layer of effectiveness, not only because it is a great tool, but because my understanding of the mind is even greater then most mental trainers… I pass the knowledge onto my clients so they can manage it very effectively while performing.

      I hope this helps… and let me know when you are ready to be helped with the negativity. In the meantime, Happy New Year

  • Alan says:

    Can we have a go at your Hypnosis for Transformation to see if it might help with sporting performance?

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Sports Mental Training Season Starts Now posted on January 1, 2013 by Dawn Grant

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