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. Mental rehearsal, also termed visualization, can create and reaffirm the confidence necessary to achieve top performances. What your mind can conceive, you can achieve.
Our minds have the awesome capability to reduce our heart rates and minimize physical fatigue leaving us with more endurance and motivation. Pro Athletes have learned to harness this power enabling them to achieve consistently higher outcomes. Athletes use this power of the mind to stay calm, relaxed and focused on their goal. Through positive self-talk and coaching, they are able to maintain a strong personal belief in their own innate abilities. But this same attention to focus has to be applied in the final competitions as well. Without the benefit of a calm mental state, even the best athletes will fall short of their goals and expectations.
Through the use of Hypnosis (Guided Imagery), one can practice new skills and allow themselves the opportunity to make necessary changes away from the highly competitive arena. Utilizing these techniques, it is possible to reduce stress levels and increase recovery times, easily and effortlessly. We can fine-tune our concentration just as we would fine-tune our automobile to get it to running at peak performance. We are learning, at an inner-mind level, to adjust our attention to our desired objective. As we gear up our energy level, we learn to shift ourselves into overdrive when the need arises; shifting back down to cruising speed once the event is over. Mentally rehearsing at an inner-mind level gives us an added edge, the winning edge. As we learn to center our thoughts, we also learn to control our actions.
As a peace officer, I looked to further my career. However, my own mind had other ideas, and I felt the only thing standing between me and my goal was the PARE (Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation). I had completed it three times, but could not meet the goal of 4:45. It wasn’t as if I couldn’t see my goal, it was right there, on the other side of this huge wall. Referred to Faith by a friend, I thought Guided Imagery would perhaps give me the courage and motivation to get where I really wanted, no, deserved to be. After one session with Faith, I felt good enough to jog home!
The motivation she instilled in me kept me going, even if I’d rather be anywhere than the gym. I’m proud to say that a short few weeks later, I passed the PARE with a time of 3:33, but I’m even more proud to say that Faith’s work inspired me to get there!
Peace Officer Kendyl Hudson