Sports Enhancement – Playing in the Zone
Participating in sports creates a very different kind of intensity for people; life in sports pretty much shows up at point blank range. Feelings and emotions are heightened, and not surprisingly they often make the pursuit of excellence a very uncomfortable experience.
- A baseball pitcher worries about what could happen because the other team has the bases loaded, and isn’t able to focus on the next pitch.
- A golfer stands on the first tee with a dozen people watching him and can only think of making a bad swing.
- A tennis player gets a bad line call and it distracts her to the degree that she drops the next three games.
- A basketball player worries about missing a game ending free throw, and is so worried about letting his team down almost misses the rim.
Many times these situations become heart pounding, agonizing moments, because the player isn’t able to process an emotion completely. The emotion becomes disruptive instead of enlivening, and the athlete is taken out of the zone.
The golfer has a “fear of not looking good” when teeing it up in front of a crowd, the basketball player feels “uncomfortable & desperate” when standing on the free throw line, the baseball pitcher is feeling “nervous & uncomfortable” about his situation and the tennis player just looses it going from “anger to helpless”. These are all emotional responses that are very hard to overcome in the moment of competition.
Almost all of these situations are the result of the athlete’s conditioned responses. In a book written by Harvey Dorfman, the dean of sports psychologists, he says “players should stay in the moment, focus on the process and let the results take care of themselves”. But what if the player has some deep seated emotional conditions that were picked up in early childhood, and surface automatically when certain stresses are presented. It usually will result in a less than optimal performance no matter what the player thinks, and is catapulted out of the zone.
There are two different aspects to my coaching when working with athletes. The first is called a Rapid Focus Upgrade. I check to see if the athlete tests positive to the TB-miasm. This is accomplished by a simple test that is 100% accurate and takes only a few minutes to perform. I then use the WaveMaker (see write up on web site) to debug the miasm and then run a program to help strengthen the nervous system. The result will be a greater ability to focus and concentrate on the task at hand.
The second part starts with a conversation to help the athlete uncover some of the Core Dynamics that are causing those feelings and emotions to surface, and that make it so difficult to perform at a maximum level. Several of the Core Dynamics that frequently surface for athletes are:
- Over Reacting to Circumstances
- Being Judgmental of Yourself
When the athlete is able to identify his/her core problems it becomes possible to debug them and cancel them out. When this happens playing sports once again becomes a joy. It changes from the dread or anxiety of the future event to the wonder and excitement of the unknown by staying in the present moment… which is where the zone is found.
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Master Results Coach