Success or failure is, for the most part, a question of mental strength. From my experience, this can best be shown in sports, where top performance is required under enormous pressure. Only think of the hard competition in tennis, ice skating or golf. Therefore, I’m sharing some clues pertaining to mental training in sport. Because of my coaching experience with athletes, I’m going to outline the basic points of a professional golf training program. With little adjustments it can be adapted for other sports.
Excellence only comes with mental strength
The learning curve of any sport is rising very quickly in the beginning. The more you practice, the better you get – this is almost an iron law until you reach a certain plateau. Progress becomes very small or even comes to a halt. To do more of the same training exercises is rather counterproductive.
The reason for this phenomenon lies in the growing mental influence. After initial success, which came about by a mostly ingenuous approach, the athlete starts reasoning about the causes of his success comparing with others on the same level. Right here, the seed of doubt and fear is planted, which activates new complicated processes. It takes an appropriate effort to overcome this seemingly unsurmountable hurdle. This is where I come in, once the physical and technical skills have reached a sophisticated level.
1. Know yourself … by heart
Every endeavor towards real change starts with getting to know yourself. Remember the old Greek word of wisdom written on the entrance of Delphi’s oracle: γνωτι σ’αυτον (gnoti s’auton) – Know Thyself. Or think of Sun Tzu, the famous Chinese strategist, who developed his Art of War on the following premise:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If youknow yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
For this post I concentrate on the self-knowledge, the cardinal condition to know others. To that effect, be aware of the following psychosomatic discovery: The mental processes are mirrored in the memory of all the cells of your body. In other words, every physical blockade or imbalance reveals a dysfunctional mental process.
>> Measuring the heart coherence
As I discussed on the core page of my website, Change by Heart – benefits of a positive mindset, there’s a brilliant way to get to the root of any problem, be it physical, emotional or mental: measuring the heart coherence with a practical emWave device. Below you can see the result of a world class golfer I was coaching (Click on the diagram for more details).
As a coach, I was able to zero in on the fatal moments of an important but failed tournament. Additionally, because we could localize these paralyzing situations in the cellular memory of the heart, we were able to resolve them with special exercises. The athlete on the other hand was able to improve self-awareness and support exercises with the same device. Having gone through this mental training, in the end the athlete reached the zone, the dynamic state of flow.
2. Accept yourself – the secret of flow
Here’s the secret for lasting change: As long as you’re in opposition to yourself, you’ll never unlock your full potential, and thus you’ll never reach the state of flow. First and foremost, you have to look at who you are and then accept yourself with all the apparent as well as hidden strengths and weaknesses. Ask yourself: What does your heart beat for, what’s your soul’s calling. Then, from this center point, you’re able to forgive yourself for the wrong expectations you had. This will set you free to lead yourself towards more abundance and success.
3. Lead yourself – becoming receptive to success
Now, many ways are open to lead yourself overcoming blockades and difficulties. On this basis of clear knowing and accepting yourself, your brain enters the so called alpha-wave-frequency, a relaxed and harmonious state where you can dissolve dysfunctional patterns and insert new ones. There are many exercises to support that, one of the most effective ones in my view is Autogenic Training with the possibility to implant positive and helpful affirmations. For an effective implementation of a mental training program, I used the emWave Pro device and my clients smaller ones.
Please feel free to contact me, I’ll be open to coaching sessions via skype too. Or just leave a reply in the comment section below, so we can have an open dialogue.
Take care, Stefan.