It sounds simple but learning how to BREATHE PROPERLY is key - Take time to really focus on your breathing before, and during the activity. For example, if you are playing tennis, make sure to relax your body and breathe deeply between points. Before a race focus on your breath and performance, and block everything else out. You will be amazed by the difference in the way that you feel, and the way that you perform. Practice this self-hypnosis technique every day for best results.
Visualise your success beforehand
Footballers, golfers and others sportspeople regularly use self-hypnosis and visualisation to mentally prepare themselves before a competition. By seeing themselves succeeding, they are able to condition their brains into believing that they can do so.
Win or no win, before a big sporting event, see yourself beating your own personal goals, performing to the best of your ability and enjoying every minute. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and visualise performing at your best. Do this regularly in the run up to your competition event.
Imagine the sights and sounds that you would experience at a game, and really focus on bringing them forward in your mind, making them as clear and realistic as possible. Whether it’s the cheer of the crowd that spurs you on, the rush of endorphins brought on through exercise or just a healthy competitive streak that drives you, take these positive feelings to inspire you before an event.
A quote by Novak Djokovic sums this up for me: “In order to win against Rafa or Roger, you have to believe… there is no other way.” Before his Grand Slam wins at the Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon, Djokovic already thought of himself as a champion. Confidence in his abilities, a great training regime and a complete focus on his goals made it a reality.