With most sporting activities we develop our interest and skill over time. But the path to success is often not as smooth and straightforward as we would like. How many of us have had the experience of progressing nicely one day and then suddenly seeming to forget everything we have learnt, regressing several stages over night?
This was certainly my experience. My sporting passion is clay shooting and I had been described as a 'confident shooter'. My technical skills were good and indeed I had successfully completed a shooting instructor course and was busy buiding up a shooting clientele having also been capped for my county. When suddenly disaster struck. One day, despite my best attempts I could not pull the trigger of my gun! I thought at first my gun was faulty but this proved not to be the case. I could not understand why this was happening and had never experienced anything like it before. My confidence plummetted along with my shooting performance.
Confronted with the possibility of having to give up my beloved sport, I researched my problem and discovered it had a name, 'trigger feeze', and that there were techniques available to help people like me overcome their problem.
This was the beginning for me of a whole new world. I began to read about Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy and finally studied to become a qualified NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist.
I realised that after learning sporting technique, mastering the 'inner game' was another important key to success. With my new skills I learnt to overcome my trigger freeze and at the same time developed skills and techniques which have helped me continue to improve my shooting performance.
Trigger freeze has its parallels in many other sports. Golfers, snooker players and others are commonly affected by an unexplained inability to deliver a shot. The techniques of NLP and hypnotherapy can be used to overcome these problems and can also serve as powerful tools in sport to help people achieve their potential.
If you are have a sporting difficulty, phobia or anxiety and would like to learn how to overcome this and develop your 'inner game' , give me a call for a free and informal initial consultation. CLICK HERE for contact details.