An athlete has to go through a number of difficulties not just on the physical and technical front but also on the mental front. An athlete has to undergo long hours of training and practice sessions in order to perform well. An athlete’s inside performance also plays a crucial role in his performance during competition. Inside performance is a major factor in an athlete’s life. Following are the tips for inside performance:
- Learn How to Control Your State:
It is usually noticed in sports, that the moment an athlete enter into a competition he becomes conscious. He becomes a prey of his own emotions. The emotions like nervousness, fear, stress, and lack of motivation often dribble in and this affects the performance of an athlete adversely during the competition. One of the important grounds of NLP is to recognize how thoughts and feelings of an athlete affect him and thus his performance. When an athlete learns to have complete control over his emotions he can excel in the sport he plays.
- Work from a Psychology and Physiology of Brilliance:
Think once how the coach, manager, or athlete that one holds in high esteem carry themselves physically when they perform. Observe the ways they think about themselves and how they perform and then one can mould down these behaviors for the betterment of their own performance. Admiring and adopting the skills and behaviors of these managers, coaches or athletes in oneself will assure that one is taking on a psychology and physiology of brilliance and in due course becomes a familiar state in one’s mind.
- Identify Your Beliefs and Values:
The way people think is based upon their beliefs and values. They provide the foundation of one’s actions. When it comes to sports an athlete can control himself physically as well as mentally. So it becomes necessary for an athlete to differentiate between the beliefs that can help him achieving his target and the beliefs that restricts him from achieving his goals.
- How to use Mental Rehearsal to its Best Possible Extent:
When it comes to mental rehearsal, plenty of people think of visualizing the positive performance. To make best possible use of mentally rehearsing performance, its key to access is not only the way it looks but also the way it sounds and feels. The mind does not know how to differentiate between real and imaginary things. While rehearsing mentally an athlete should start introducing his senses like sight, sound, feelings in the process gradually.
- Learn to Relax:
It is very important to take rest from time to time to undergo fatigue and perform well in the next performance. A major NLP technique that can help one achieving this is using the Milton Model language patterns. This language allows an athlete to open his mind and expand the options for thinking. This can be done in a basic level or on a more advance level in the form of hypnosis. An athlete should use his most favorable way of relaxation. Once an athlete is relaxed he should allow his mind to think about his positive experiences. A coach must give positive suggestions to the athlete when he his undergoing this stage.