Welcome Athletes and Coaches... Now STOP IT!!!
Stop thinking that performance issues start on the "mental" level... they don't.
If it were a matter of simply changing your "mental game", you'd change your thoughts and you'd easily change your game. But I know you've changed your thoughts and you've worked on your "mental game" and your performance challenges aren't changing, are they?
That's because the problems you're having start on the physiological or cellular level of your body, not in your mind.
Once you are freed up on the cellular level, your mind will be freed up as well, allowing you to easily implement your mental game strategies.
Exactly what does happen on the physiological/cellular level? Read about it here.
Anxiety is one of the primary issues that athletes want help with. A certain amount of adrenaline is necessary to play well. I refer to this as a state of “heightened awareness”. You need to be excited and pumped up to a certain extent to want to perform. But when you have too much adrenaline, it turns into anxiety and can negatively affect your performance as well as make you feel miserable.
Pre-performance anxiety is caused by negative thoughts you have about your upcoming performance. Most often those thoughts are about pushing to make something happen; that feeling of intense pressure to play perfectly.
That’s right…a few of our gold medal winning athletes at the 2012 London Olympics have used the “F” word on national television! They’re talking about how much FUN they’re having performing and how much they’re enjoying themselves.
On Aug. 4th, I heard an interview with Michael Phelps and he said, “when I first got here (in London), I was too intense. Then I just started smiling more…I started smiling and enjoying it.” And after that shift he won a gold medal and then he won a couple more.
Swimmer Missy Franklin talked about how she didn’t come into these games with any expectations about medaling. Her goal was to get closer to her teammates and enjoy her experience.
It’s no coincidence that an athlete talking about having fun is a gold medal winner. To understand what happens on a physiological level when you perform from a place of joy and having fun, please listen to my radio episode on this very topic:
I invite you to follow in the footsteps of some of our gold medal winners and start having fun again with your performance!
This is my Arizona license plate that I’ve had for years!
When my clients would tell me about something that happened to them in-between our sessions, my first question would be, “did you tap on it?”.
Whether you are new to running, considering training for a marathon for the first time, or you’re a seasoned runner but want to take your performance and results to the next level, this book is a “must have”.
I had the opportunity to interview Kirk on my radio show and we talked about how he discovered meridian tapping and how he’s incorporated tapping into his daily routine. He also offers us his key mental tricks for runners and walkers.
Here’s an easy way to calm your body and mind down before bed so you can relax and sleep well. Just watch the video and tap along with me:
Are you having trouble taking your great shots on the range into your round? Do you drop putts on the practice green and then fall apart on the putting green? Are you always making mechanical adjustments with your swing during your round of golf? Do you often blame bad shots on your mechanics?
You’re not alone! This is a habit I’ve observed with most golfers and it’s due to mental laziness. What? I know right now you’re saying, “I’m not mentally lazy”, but I guarantee that is what’s going on.
When I need a laugh I read this page of Yogi Berra quotes: http://rinkworks.com/said/yogiberra.shtml
By the time I’m to the end, I usually have tears running down my face from laughing so hard.
God bless Yogi Berra!!
Anger is a very powerful and necessary emotion! Anger can help us take crucial action in our lives. It can be the most useful emotion in certain situations. Experiencing anger and expressing it in an appropriate way is a natural part of our human experience.
But did you know that some people become addicted to anger? The cell receptors in our body (and we have zillions of them) can become addicted to the emotional chemical of anger. Then our body creates hard wired pathways of thoughts to activate the release of the emotional chemical of anger. Then we subconsciously create situations that cause those hard wired thoughts to fire and that causes anger to release so the cells get their fix.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve had with athletes is getting them to look at a sore part of their body in a whole new way and then tap for that. Athletes are so conditioned to think that if some part of their body is sore, it’s because they were over-using that part of the body either in competition or practice. (I’m not talking about soreness that accompanies a real injury or after workouts.)
I’ll illustrate this by sharing a great story. I worked with an MLB catcher for three seasons before he retired. During the season, we would do weekly sessions to stay on top of issues that arose. For three solid seasons we had the exact same conversation, and it went like this:
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I’ve been pioneering the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques or “tapping” with professional and amateur athletes since 2003 to release mental, emotional, physical, and mechanical performance blocks.