I was flipping through the available sport performance enhancement coaching websites in the Las Vegas. I realized that performance coaches are featuring their talents in physical performance improvement and don’t put emphasis on their athletes’ mental performance enhancement at least they are not advertising it.

Athletes and coaches are working very hard to achieve maximum mental preparation. Success for an athlete starts in their head with a mindset. However, most of them do not have a system to create consistent results. What they want to achieve is clear and every coach knows how important it is for an athlete to have a pre-game routine, a perfect focus on success, self-confidence, and how to cope with adversity.

Success in any sports performance goes hand in hand with mental performance. How do you help your athletes get rid of performance anxiety and mental blocks getting in the way of maximum performance? Anticipation, attention, focus and concentration, memory, pattern recognition, problem solving and decision making are all important parts of performance coaching. Getting ready for peak performance is greatly enhanced using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). How athletes react to high pressure situations determined by what kind of strategies they are using.

These strategies are unique to each athlete, which is why a personalized process based approach like NLP is so successful helping athletes overcome adversity easily and effortlessly. Elite athletes are successful because they developed a supporting mindset either naturally or they were trained to do so.

“Mental toughness is going out there and doing what’s best for the team – even though everything isn’t going exactly the way you want it to.”
-Bill Belichik

Dr. Jim Taylor adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco says: “Athletes worry about their opponent, the weather, or the conditions, to name a few things outside of their control. This focus has no value because they can’t do anything about those things. This kind of focus hurts performance because it lowers confidence and causes doubt and anxiety. It also distracts you from what you need to focus on.”

The fact is, there’s only one thing that you can control, and that is yourself, for example, your motivation, confidence, emotions, intensity, and behavior. If you focus on those things, you’ll be more confident and relaxed, and you’ll be better able to focus on what you need to do to perform your best.” It is easy to tell your athletes to focus on yourself, motivation, confidence, emotions, intensity, and behavior but how exactly it is done? As a coach, have you ever met an athlete who couldn’t control their negative emotions or their behaviors? For some it is not that easy to shift focus in a snap of a finger.

NLP has specific tools to get to the root cause for each negative emotion and for each behavior that doesn’t support desired outcomes. NLP also has the power to get rid of performance anxiety completely. That is why Tony Robbins’ sport performance coaching with NLP works so well. NLP gives a step by step process to follow. NLP doesn’t waste time finding out why your athlete thinks in a specific way. It focuses on what is going on right now, and how can it be changed.

It is a highly subjective approach, hence your athlete using his/her own internal processes to get results. Imagine your coaching success when you can give the gift of a personalized 360-degree preparedness to your athletes physically and mentally. Imagine installing the same high performance strategy into each of your athletes that you use for maximum performance.

What if you could eliminate performance anxiety completely in 5 minutes or less and turn the adrenalin rush of pre-race jitters into fuel for peak performance? How about teaching your athletes how to visualize and mental rehearse to achieve peak performance? NLP has the tools necessary for mental performance that you can integrate into your physical performance coaching.

Get an NLP and Hypnosis trained coach on your staff and focus on developing a peak performance mindset for your star performing athletes. Put their physical strength, power, and agility on steroids with NLP tools and techniques. Your performance coaching fame and success will double with your athletes’ outstanding results. Anita Saldana ©2013