Imagine allowing your Inner Mind™ to see yourself performing your favorite sport under hypnosis. The moves are clear, precise, and everything you visualize along with its perfection goes into a part of your memory, where you can draw upon it permanently even when you are no longer in hypnosis. You will be able to perform these movements as if you practiced them physically for years, even while under pressure of the game. You will then learn the real meaning of spontaneity. Hypnotherapy enhances this effect and reduces the amount of time necessary to see results. This is important, because once results are experienced a person becomes more excited about participating. Four of the ingredients to any behavior modification are anticipation, participation, excitement, and acceptance.
Often on TV we see the high jumper staring at the path of his approach to the high bar, moving his head back and forth, his arms slightly pumping, and finally his head jerking up at the moment of approach as if he were actually jumping. We see the baseball pitcher staring down the path from the mound to home plate, seeing more than the signal from the catcher. We can almost see in his eyes the reflection of the ball as it travels through the air; the perfect curve ball or break-away pitch.
For as they see it, so it happens. What the Inner Mind sees, understands, and believes is manifested into subsequent and immediate actions of the body. This is true for both physical activities and mental skills.
Athletes practice their moves in order to blend them together into one action. If they were to also visualize themselves performing in the actual game, their effort would be rewarded many times over, because they would solidify their performance with the energy of the other participants. Not only would they lessen their fear in this way, they would also enliven the real performance. Their connection with the game would be more real, more sincere, and most of all more believable. Finally, if they further visualized making the normal mistakes athletes sometimes do and watched these mistakes corrected, they would truly gain an internal calm and power that would make them remarkable.