Increase Confidence
Reduce Competition Anxiety
Mentally Rehearse
Program Positive Suggestions
React  Automatically
Truth:  The most powerful quality that elite
performers possess is a high level of
self-confidence. Research shows that peak
performing athletes interpret their anxiety as
being helpful in facilitating their performance
and they are characterized as having a high
level of confidence. Non-peak performers
allow their anxiety to hinder or debilitate their
performance lowering confidence levels.
see References at Bottom of Page
How are you systematically
programming your subconscious
mind to sustain your Motivation
and reach Peak Performance?
Truth:  Competition Activation - This is
where tension begins to rise; the moment
you begin to think about your sporting event.
Unless you believe in your ability to achieve
your goal, then you might as well forget about
it; if you don't believe in your ability to attain
your goal, you will always fail.
 Les Cunningham
Research states that levels of Anxiety &
Self-Confidence present in an athlete
determines with considerable impact
the success or failure of attaining a
performance goal.
see references below.
Truth:  Imagination dominates the will. If
you think and see yourself as not attaining
your goal, you will not. However, research
has shown us that athletes who regularly
include imagery in their practice have
significantly greater increases in their
performances.
see References at Bottom of Page
Do you know how to implement a
successful program that combines:
Super-Relaxation, Mental Rehearsal &
Positive Suggestion to Automatically
program you to achieve success?
Truth:  It is reported in a study, that the
difference between medal winners and
non-medal winners in Olympic competition,
was the degree to which the individuals used
their mental programming automatically.
See References at Bottom of Page
This program combines three proven
practices to: Increase Confidence, Lower
Anxiety, Rehearse Peak Imagery and
then Automatically Experience these new
qualities in competition.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

CBT is the combination of two therapies. Cognitive, which teaches you or shows you how
certain “thinking patterns” are causing your symptoms and
Behavior, which weakens the “mind
pattern connections” between  trouble-some situations and your habitual reactions to them.

Altering ways of thinking — a person's thoughts, beliefs, ideas, attitudes, assumptions, mental
imagery, and ways of directing his or her attention for the better. This is the “cognitive” aspect of
CBT. Helping a person greet the challenges and opportunities in his or her life with a clear and
calm mind and then taking actions that are likely to have desirable results. This is the
“behavioral” aspect of CBT.

Example:  
An athlete will re-evaluate performance goals. Adjusting if necessary. It is important
no to set goals that are too overwhelming for an individual performance, as this can result in an
increased state of anxiety and a hindered performance. It also can be beneficial  to de-
emphasize the importance of the competition. This can enhance the potential of allowing an
athlete's  peak ability to be realized. This type of restructuring of an athlete's thinking patterns
becomes a significant component because it allows the individual to interpret differently their
competition activation state  that they will be experiencing and reduce anxiety.


For our purposes we will describe Imagery & Hypnosis as being in a super-relaxed, highly
enjoyable state, which energizes, heightens and clears the awareness of the mind. Allowing a
more receptive psyche to absorb and retain with maximum impact, the images and suggestions
that are presented to it. Realize the subconscious mind does not analyze. It accepts and acts on
all suggestions/images which reach it, allowing an individual to rehearse mentally so that the
competition performance flows automatically without hindrance. These techniques are
not a
magic wand
that can transform an unfit athlete to reach a personal best. However, they allow
individuals to perform to the highest limits of their natural abilities without being defeated by old,
negative conditioning or drained by the tension and pressure that can increase leading up to the
day of competition.

Imagery Example:  "now picture and imagine what it feels like to be totally involved in your
race... fully and completely absorbed in this moment...flowing in perfect balance, speed and
strength...keenly focused, perfectly relaxed, steady and strong and on goal pace...fully enjoying
this beauty and harmony of the mind and body being in perfect synch...so crisply focused in the
moment,...feeling strong and powerful...and yet smooth and relaxed...and now feeling the depth
of your breathing...the huge volume of oxygen coursing through your body...energizing your big
hard working muscles..."

Hypnosis Example:  "you feel a sense of confidence in your ability to achieve your goals, this
confidence is growing everyday, you are poised and confident on race day, running relaxed,
powerful and enduring, right on goal pace. You see yourself easily busting through pain barriers
because you are tough and strong and determined to win...and the pain means nothing to you
because you have goals and you want the reward of achieving those goals. You are a sharply
focused, mentally tough competitor...you see yourself running stronger, more enduring and
more relaxed than ever before, staying right on goal pace..."
Monte Hueftle  was
Certified in 1994 as
a Clinical Hypnotherapist
by the American Council
of Hypnotic Examiners

Program time: 32 minutes

Achieving Peak Performance-This Running
Specific
Program begins with Behavior
Discussion
on Peak Performance, with
emphasis on effects of Anxiety and
Self-Confidence on Performance.

The
Imagery/Hypnosis Session begins with
Favorite Place Imagery used for Relaxation.
Next is
Progressive Muscle Relaxation for
Deepening of Relaxation.

Specific Suggestions: Releasing Tension,
Increasing Confidence, Focused & Competitive
Mentality, Running Relaxed, Strong, Enduring,
Automatically on Goal Pace, Breaking Through
Pain Barriers,  and Guided Imagery for Mental
Rehearsal, Reducing Race Day Anxiety &
Setting Ideal Competitive Arousal Level.
(2) Any Activity Peak Performance
Program time: 15 minutes

This dynamic program is designed to
allow you to experience the
Peak Performance Flow of your activity
without Stress/Strain/Anxiety attached.

Use this practice to start your day,
prepare for a business presentation,
begin a creative process or
compete/perform at your optimal level.

I've designed this program to be
powerfully effective (encompassing
imagery and suggestions) in a
time-frame that encourages you to use
it frequently and in situations where you
need to be at your best, but time is of the
essence. There are two (2) 20 second
segments for you to
incorporate your
own suggestions.

Specific Suggestions
used:
Body-Balanced & Steady & Ready
Mind-Clear & Balanced & Ready
Emotions-Open & Accepting
Mind & Body in perfect sync & harmony
Sharply focused, steady & invigorated
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