Athletic Performance and Visualization
Olympians use the best form of athletic performance out there to achieve their personal best. You can too.
Olympic athletes use self-hypnosis to help them achieve top athletic performance. United States teams and those of other nations recognize that the power of mental rehearsal is equally as important as physical practice. Russian teams are taught mental conditioning from the out-set of training. For the average person, hypnosis cannot turn a golfing duffer into an international champion.
Factors, skills and abilities other than mental are involved. But hypnosis can be used to enable a player to achieve his or her personal best! Time Magazine reported, in a cover story on the 1984 Olympics, that on the night before the finals in women’s gymnastics Mary Lou Retton, then age 16, lay in bed at Olympic Village mentally rehearsing her performance ritual. She had done the same on hundreds of previous nights, visualizing herself performing all her routines perfectly – imaging in her mind all the moves and rehearsing them again and again. The result was a performance of perfection, presented with charm, poise and confidence, culminating in a gold medal.
“What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve!” Proof of that statement has been provided countless times. Mary Lou pictured a perfect performance in her mind. Her body produced it. The same capability is available to any sports enthusiast.
If the skills and coordination abilities do not equal Olympic levels, they can carry the player to the heights of personal best, providing new levels of achievement and satisfaction.
To train the body to the limits of its capabilities without simultaneously training the mind is to invite, at best mediocrity. Sports psychologists have claimed that for Olympic teams 80% of an athlete’s performance is in the mind. Such belief has been echoed by championship players in virtually every form of competition.