Sports Hypnosis for Prescott Athletes
Internal chatter keeps talented athletes from winning – Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt, PhD, a clinical sports psychologist with Capella University in New York City presented his findings to the American Psychological Association after studying 250 athletes.
Athletes who were high in hypnotic ability showed an extraordinary capability to intensely focus on the task at hand. This can pay off in great performance
So how do you as an athlete access this powerful built-in state of mind often referred to as flow or “The Zone”?
Just consider the story and discoveries of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the former head of psychology at the University of Chicago. Noted for his work in happiness and creativity -Csikszentmihalyi is best known as the architect of the notion of flow.
What is flow?
According to experts, “Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”
Athletes call it “The Zone.”
According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It’s a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing emotions in the service of performing and learning.
In flow the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.
The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task.
Can you start thinking of ways being in “Flow” could help you in particular areas of your life?
Csikszentmihalyi identified these 9 factors that accompany the “Flow” experience:
- Clear goals (expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one’s skill set and abilities). Moreover, the challenge level and skill level should both be high.
- Concentrating, a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it).
- A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness.
- Distorted sense of time, one’s subjective experience of time is altered.
- Direct and immediate feedback (successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so that behavior can be adjusted as needed).
- Balance between ability level and challenge (the activity is neither too easy nor too difficult).
- A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.
- The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action.
- People become absorbed in their activity, and focus of awareness is narrowed down to the activity itself, action awareness merging.
When will you discover how you go into the flow each and every time you need to? Get started as soon as possible by scheduling an appointment and you’ll discover your flow quickly.