Almost every Fall I get calls from desperate parents of peak performance high school and college athletes desperate for help. The usual scenario is that their daughter or son suddenly can’t do something that they used to be able to do. Call it a mental block or a performance “glitch,” Chuck Knobloch syndrome, or being a “head case,” it’s a cause of deep pain and concern. Whether it’s a specific tumble or move in gymnastics, cheerleading, baseball, figure skating, or even in the arts of Ballet, music or theater, they used to do this one thing spectacularly but now they can’t seem to do it at all. At stake is often hundreds of dollars in college scholarships or championship games that they will be “benched” for, the pain and suffering is real. The pressure is real. The pattern is starting to sink in and depression and discouragement are getting heavier and heavier.
The solution is not to search the world wide web for some “miracle worker” or sports psychologist or hypnotist who can “fix” it. The solution is for the student to learn to run their own mind.
That’s where I come in. Most of the “experts” have never experienced anything remotely like the blocks or neurological interference that these athletes or performers are experiencing.
In fact I never even had a chance to became an athlete because I did exactly the kinds of things with my mind in elementary school that caused me to want to quit that these kids are doing NOW.
I also did the same self sabotaging neurological processes with my musical performing.
But ultimately I had to learn how to run my OWN mind.
So that’s what I do with athletes. I first explore with them HOW they are doing the problem. This is usually an unconscious process until I help them to tease it out of themselves.
Then I can teach them the same tools that I’ve used now for over 20 years and that I’ve taught to countless others in person and online.
My suggestion if you or your child is struggling with this is to check out my “How To CRUSH anxiety NOW!” course and practice those tools and techniques.
Sports performance blocks are 99% of the time Performance Anxiety. Anxiety is focusing your mind on what you DO NOT want to have happen. Changing your focus is a PRACTICE that anyone can do. But most people don’t realize that THEY are the cause of their blocks or what in the world they can do to break through them and get back to winning.
Anyway, THIS song is actually a hypnosis session all about this. Give it a listen. No. It’s not “hip hop.” It’s not the most modern “cool” crunchy urban grunge rhythm. But it DOES work.
It works because it’s filled with “Why” and “how” questions which combined with music get “stuck” in the rostromedial prefrontal cortex of your brain.
The Victory Song