Keys to Achieve the Gold

Keys to Achieve the Gold

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Keys to Achieve the Gold

Looking at the Olympians, all are very talented, train extremely hard, eat well and do their work. The gold medalists have one secret in their back pocket and that’s the mental aspect.

“You have to train your mind like you train your body” said former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlon runner Bruce Jenner.

You can take the physical aspect of a sport only so far. Sports are 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical.

You don’t have to be competing for a gold medal to benefit from training your mind.

Five easy and effective secrets of the Olympic athletes that aides in carrying out a goal in any part of your life whether it is a sport, cooking, dancing, writing, etc.

1. Visualize what you want to happen as if it already has. Imagine it in great detail and the brain gets trained for the actual performance or goal. Feel all that feelings, hear all the sounds, smell all the smells and experience all of the elements associated with the activity to get the outcome you want.

A study, published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology in 1996, found that imagining weight lifting caused actual changes in muscle activity.

2. Meditate

The gold in slopestyles at Sochi went to Snowboarder Jamie Anderson. Jamie uses meditation to stay centered and calm in the mists of highest amounts of pressure.

“Last night, I was so nervous,” Jamie said to reporters. “I couldn’t even eat. I was trying to calm down. Put on some meditation music, burn some sage. Got the candles going. Just trying to do a little bit of yoga… It was all about good vibration. Thankfully, I slept really good. I did some mantras. It worked out for me.”

Meditation practice daily helps improves a persons mental game by reducing stress, increasing focus and attention span, boosting emotional, mental and physical well-being.

3. Eliminate the drunken monkeys in your mind. Be aware of your thoughts. Are they empowering you or are they constantly tearing you down? The gold medalist have trained their mind to eliminate those drunken monkeys that cause fear and say I can’t. The Olympians have control over the way they speak to themselves, say they are a gold medalist and it’s easy to cross the finish line first. Use your self talk to empower and support yourself with directional talk such as keep your leg straight, use my core strength, or you know you can do this. “The mind guides action, if we succeed in regulating our thoughts, then this will help our behavior.” Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis

4.  Set an intention, a clear goal and dream big! “The higher you set your goals, the more you’re going to work.” Speed skater Dan Jansen, winner of Olympic gold in 1994.

Write down your goal and place it where you will see it everyday. Make sure your goals stay within the awareness of your mind.

5. Go with the flow. Flow (being in the zone) is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. – Wikipedia

The Olympic athletes put their selves “in a highly focus concentrated relaxed state” which is the exact definition of hypnosis. This state is critical for achieving personal excellence.

I have seen first hand how well hypnosis and the secrets of the Olympic goal winners work. I’ve had the privilege of working with clients who increased in their sport from age 10 and up, who gave birth calmly and naturally, and graduated from college with honors.

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