How do you access the subconscious? First of all, to gain access to your subconscious, your conscious mind must first get out of the way. This happens naturally throughout each of our days, and at particular times such as when you are just about to drift into sleep. However there are ways to get into a subconscious state intentionally. One of the best ways is through hypnosis. Hypnosis is a subconscious state that can be facilitated by a professional hypnotist. Self-hypnosis can also work, but it takes skilled practice to make it effective. Some mental skills coaches and sports psychologists incorporate hypnosis into their work.
Why does this matter to athletes? Accessing the subconscious mind helps both unblock and reprogram perceptions surrounding training, performance, and self-ability. This helps the athlete achieve the results he/she wants.
Here are some examples of methods used while the athlete is in a hypnotic state are:
- Experiencing the perfect outcome before it happens in real life
- Creating positive expectation
- Getting into the flow state on command
No matter what your sport is, hypnosis can help you achieve higher levels and improve athletic performance. This can be done by working with a hypnotist who specializes in sports hypnosis, by listening to hypnosis audio recordings, or by learning self-hypnosis techniques. You may find your athletic performance reaching a level higher than you ever thought possible!