Yesterday I chatted with Ken Gunter from the Professional Athlete Podcast, and we talked about why hypnosis is the perfect tool to improve athletic performance.
Hypnotherapy is the perfect tool for athletes because it helps them tap into their subconscious mind, where the vast majority of their performance originates. Instincts, muscle memory, and performance are all stored in the subconscious mind. When athletes are in "the zone" it really means they are tapping into their subconscious mind. Getting into "the zone" is easy for athletes once they learn how to quiet their conscious mind so that their subconscious can easily come to the forefront (by intentionally going into a hypnotic state).
We know that performance originates in the subconscious mind, but what does that really mean? We have a conscious mind that takes up 10% of our brain. This is our analytical, questioning, reasoning mind. This is where critical thinking, analytical thinking, and willpower are stored. Our conscious mind is what we are generally communicating with because it is at the forefront when we are fully awake and alert (beta brain-wave state). We also have a subconscious mind, which takes up the other 90% of our brain. This is where our long-term memory, emotions, feelings, habits, addictions, fears, anxiety, involuntary muscle movement, instincts, creativity, developmental stages, muscle memory, etc. are stored. Our subconscious mind is like our control center. It automatically comes to the forefront when we are relaxed (in the alpha and theta brain-wave states). This happens naturally when we wake up, fall asleep, go into hypnosis, and go into meditation.
If we take a moment to think about what makes up our performance we notice that the vast majority of it originates in our subconscious mind. Instincts, involuntary muscle movement, and muscle memory control most of our physical performance. Fears, anxiety, and emotions all play into confidence which can make or break a competition. Without intentionally going into a hypnotic state (alpha/theta brain-wave states) we are limiting ourselves to only directly communicating with 10% of our mind. Think about it, if you only had direct access to 10% of your muscle mass would you go and lift weights? Of course not! Now imagine you have direct access to 100% of your mind while your competitors only have direct access to 10%, who do you think will perform better? Not to mention the fact that the extra 90% you’re tapping into is the part that holds your performance!
Ken and I also talked about “the zone” or the “flow state.” I’m sure you’ve found yourself in this state at one time or another. You find yourself competing effortlessly without any intruding anxiety or overthinking. This state produces the absolute best athletic performance possible but unfortunately, it comes and goes unpredictably. Relying on the “flow state” isn’t very reliable unless you can figure out how to go into it on demand. This is possible and in fact very simple. “The zone” or the “flow state” are just fun ways of saying a light hypnotic state (alpha brain-wave state). In this state, your conscious mind takes a back seat while your subconscious mind comes to the forefront. That’s why you’re not overthinking; overthinking and overanalyzing come from the conscious mind. With that out of the way, your subconscious can come forward to provide you direct access to the aspects that make up athletic performance. All of this is easy once we learn how to intentionally go into a hypnotic state.
Lia Nees is a certified hypnotherapist and founder of Hypnotic Athlete Accelerator, an 8-week program designed to help competing athletes master their mindset and achieve peak performance anytime they want. To learn more, visit https://www.cephalohypnosis.com/hypnotic-athlete-accelerator