High Performance Fear - Getting you Across the Line Quickly
When you have to deliver in life, being relaxed can be misinterpreted as the way to hit peak performance without any pressure at all. A balance between a healthy high performance fear and uncontrollable anxiety can be maintained if you consider these 4 factors;
1) Inner dialogue and the limbic system
Balancing the locus of control between what is inside and outside us is a critical factor in peak performance delivery. Consider giving a presentation where your limbic system is triggering anxiety. The ability to rationalise through your pre frontal cortex is decreased and adrenalin raises your heart rate, breathing and strong desire to fight or flight. Hypnosis is an effective tool to help desensitise the inner dialogue fears which may or may not have based upon real experience. Sometimes, an amount of CBT can help shift unhealthy beliefs of ability prior to hypnosis. CBT can be undertaken alongside presentation preparation or sports training to aid a healthy inner dialogue and hypnosis used as visualisation tool to future success.
2) External environment and framing
The framing effect is described by Daniel Kahneman as the effect of context and external environment on behaviour. When stepping onto a stage or sporting pitch, we are influenced by what is around us. By recognising this and using hypnosis to help reduce assumptions and biases, this effect can be managed to enhance performance.
3) Focus on the process
Sports psychologist Andy McCann says a key element of sporting peak performance is to get athletes on the field to deliver what they are trained to do. Practice and training builds physical and mental conditioning in preparation for taking the field. There is little point in trying to give an important presentation without considering what you need to deliver! Hypnosis can be en effective learning tool to help the mind remain focused and adaptable to growth and changing demands.
4) Focus on the outcome
Aspiration is important and being able to have an eye on the prize aids intrinsic motivation. However, over attention towards the outcome can affect performance because thoughts are away from the process in the present. Visualisation techniques may or may not use hypnosis to help increase physical and mental endurance.
Bringing all factors together and understanding how they influence each other is a key element to bringing you best onto the field, stage or meeting room. Sports psychologists and mental toughness coaches often describe this as a state of effortless effectiveness in their athletes. Hypnosis techniques to reduce elements of anxiety, increasing clarity and resilience are effective tools to achieve this.
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