All elite athletes will at one time or another experience a slump – a period of time in which their game seems to have taken a hiatus. All the talent, skill, experience and training just can’t seem to align for success. Pro, club, travel team, whatever the level of play – sooner or later it’s bound to happen.
For example, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jered Weaver, is off to a rough start this season. Sports writers are tossing out opinions on the veteran right hander’s falling velocity, inconsistency, rising ERA and speculation that his decline will continue this year.
His club, however, does not seem worried. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said, “He’ll figure it out. He always does. He’s going to be fine.” Scioscia describes the problem in Weaver’s complex pitching delivery as “a release point issue” and that getting flow back is “high maintenance.”
Hmmm…sounds like a mechanics issue, right?
Partly, it is. But, there’s a huge mental component that can’t be ignored. When an athlete’s mind-body connection is out of sync, timing suffers, the voices in your head get involved and it snow balls from there.
NBA reserve center Spencer Hawes of the Los Angeles Clippers says, “You go around enough times, odds are enough guys experience a little bit of this. You have been through this before…You keep doing what you do and just be ready for when the time comes.” Hawes has got to walk the talk. After becoming a free agent last summer and landing a four year $23 million dollar deal he is experiencing the worst season in almost every way since his rookie year in 2007.
Through time, patience and coaching, elite athletes like Weaver and Hawes, can and do, eventually resolve the base issue. You just gotta hold it together while you get it together.
For Weaver, for Hawes, for all of us – the unfortunate reality is that time can become the enemy. Sooooo, how does one get out of a slump quicker? Hypnosis for athletes of course!
Through hypnosis we access the subconscious mind where automatic behavior and personal historical data are stored, find the glitch in the mind body connection and disable or neutralize that glitch. We flip the negative self talk and the result is restored flow in rapid time. I’m not talking about imagined improvement or positive thinking. I’m talking about the mental mechanics of the mind body connection that occur on the subconscious level which make the difference between a good athlete and a great one. And the difference between a successful season and a disappointing one.
So come on Jered Weaver and Spencer Hawes, get in my chair! (one at a time please – you are some seriously large humans.)
You have coaches and trainers for your body; now you have access to one for your mind. Think of me as your Mental Performance Coach.
Together we can get your game back in just a few sessions. Call me.
About the author: Mona Jones is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Mental Performance Coach in Orange County, California who helps athletes across the country to improve their mental performance with remarkable results. For more information visit the Hypnosis for Athletes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCguI2knxqI or call for a free 15 minute phone consultation.
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