The skill of setting a positive image can boost surfing performance. Kelly Slater sees himself doing it right, before dropping in. This is not just a skill for pro surfers but can be used for any sport and will very quickly up your game.
The process is simple; the athlete thinks about the move they want to do, they then break it down into chunks, see the sequence of events unfolding in their mind and once it comes time to perform the move, the body knows what to do. The same process can be used to overcome fears and limiting beliefs.
The science behind visualisation is that it allows you to move from left brain to right brain thinking which is where infinite possibilities exist. Our left brain is our logical side, our inner critic and it is here where negative thoughts reside. Our right brain is our creative side, free from limitations and barriers.
Olympic Athletes have been studied as they were performing visualisations and they found that they were recruiting the same small muscle fibers during their visualisations as they would use while performing the physical task. Looking for an extra advantage, incorporate visualisation and watch the benefits of positive sport performance.
Read my article in the North Shore News about how to avoid choking on game day.
Avoid Choking on Game Day
by Michelle Newton
Do you perform well during training or practice but choke in competition?
Pre-race jitters are a common complaint among competitive athletes. Whether you are a newcomer to your sport or a seasoned veteran, this phenomenon can get the better of you.
Sometimes referred to as choking, it will inevitably diminish your ability to perform at your best. Athletes can choke on game day because they have an audience or they have extremely high expectations of their success.
See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/living/avoid-choking-on-game-day-1.1414628#sthash.y6Kpda3q.dpuf
I had the pleasure of interviewing Morgan Quarry, the General Manager of both Canada's Olympic and Men's National Soccer teams which you can listen to here:
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"If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it." Tonny Lasorda