Capable sports psychologists know how to help athletes access their Unconscious Mind so that they can pool the wisdom and resources that they’ll need to perform at their very best. Sports psychologists assist athletes in doing this by using a number of techniques, like Hypnosis, EMDR, Voice Dialogue Technique, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique, and many others. Unfortunately for a lot of really good athletes, they don’t know what the Unconscious Mind is. Essentially, it is the part of the mind that houses memories, belief systems, values, neuro-associations, sub-personalities, and all kinds of valuable wisdom that they aren’t consciously aware of in the present moment. Only upon reflection, or when they’ve been asked a thought provoking question, or with the guidance of a sports psychologist, do these awarenesses percolate up from their unconscious mind into conscious awareness.
As a Sports Psychologist Consultant, I often share with my clients that only 8% of our moment-to-moment awareness is conscious. The other 92% of our conscious awareness resides in our Unconscious Mind!! Think of a small house for a moment that has a very large warehouse attached to the back of it. The small house represents our Conscious awareness. Everything else that is stored in the large warehouse behind this small house represents the Unconscious. Sports Psychologists like myself work very hard at accessing their client’s Unconscious so that they can use the unlimited resources that await them there. With the support of a sports psychologist, an athlete can get into rapport with their unconscious mind. In other words, their thoughts, feelings, sub-personalities, belief systems, value system, and energy field all become aligned with one another, and they become aligned and congruent with their Conscious Mind. As a result, Sports Psychologists help them to become free of tension, self-doubt, and internal conflict. Instead, their whole mind ( the 92% and the 8%) are working in concert with each other. They are in rapport, and they are working together to help an athlete achieve his desired outcome and perform at his or her very best.
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