Whatever our inadequacies, be personal or professional, most of us have the dubious comfort of exposing those deficiencies in a limited or private environment but if you are a pro athlete or a performer, those deficiencies are routinely played out in front of large, noisy, expectant audiences. If you are Los Angeles Clippers’ Center, DeAndre Jordan, your deficiency is the ability to be successful at the free throw line barely more than 40% of the time. If you are point guard Rajon Rondo of Dallas, your success rate is barely more than 31 percent.
I think it’s pretty safe to say they are well trained, experienced and should have the ability to be successful at the line with percentages far higher than those. They don’t have to post the percentages of a Mark Price or Steve Nash to be considered successful but with cringe worthy percentages like those, something is surely missing. Jordan himself admits that a big part of his problem is a mental hang up about shooting free throws in front of a large crowd. When he takes the free throws in practice, he makes them. He states, “I think it’s all mental.”
Let me help you out, DeAndre–it’s definitely mental.
The good news is, through the power of hypnosis (hypnotherapy) we can reprogram his subconscious mind to tune out the noise of the crowd and any expectations associated with a large audience. We silence the chatter and self-doubt inside his head. We change his expectations from the old to the new. Once we have done that, he is now in a position to optimize his talent and training. Improved numbers are not just a possibility, they become his new reality.
So come on, DeAndre Jordan get in my chair! Together we can make you a better free throw shooter than you’ve ever been in your pro career. While you’re at it, bring Rajon Rondo. He could use the help.
About the author: Mona Jones a Certified Hypnotherapist in Orange County, California who helps elite athletes and performers to improve their mental game by accessing the power of the subconscious mind through hypnosis.