Hypnotherapy and Peak Performance- using hypnotherapy to make things even better
Usually people consult a hypnotherapist when something doesn't feel right in their lives or when they are struggling with a specific issue, but it is less common for people to to consult therapists when they want to feel 'better than well' or to function on an even higher level when they are already succeeding.Yet for years elite performers have been using psychological techniques to even further improve their performance. An obvious example is with sports people and professional musiciams who use these techniques to take their skill and artisty to another level.
However anyone can benefit from the performance enhancing effects of hypnotherapy. People seeking promotion or the confidence to make an important career change can greatly benefit from hypnotherapy. Also hypnotherapy can help people to realise their potential by removing barriers to success. Havens (2002) described the main barriers to a client fulfilling his own expectations. These included procrastination, fear of success or fear of failure, and performance anxiety. Once these barriers have been addressed in hypnotherapy, we can then consider the first phase of the program complete and move into the second phase which involves examining and rehearsing what it is that the client wants to achieve (new house, promotion, better sex life, improved musical ability, more money etc).
The advantage of the hypnotic trance state is that it allows the client to immerse themselves in 'practise/rehearsal' sessions, where they visualise their goals and preferred outcomes. The act of rehearsal such as this will then lead to beneficial results for virtually any activity the client is interested in.
To improve performance further the client needs to then be able to enter in what is known as 'being in the zone', or 'streaming'. This is a passively observant yet highly attentive state, and is actually what we mean by peak performance. The conscious mind becomes still and quiet and the unconscious mind is then allowed to unleash its full capacities and performance abilities, as it is no longer hindered by any conscious interference such as doubts and nagging anxieties. It has been suggests by Havens et al (2002) that repeated exposure to the hypnotic experience will increase the likelihood of entering into these states, and he has even produced protocols that have been designed to help clients directly access these very special yet natural states of functioning.
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