Most people that engage in a sporting activity of any kind know that the body affects the mind and the mind affects the body. This is true for the amateur and professional. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques when used in sports and performance, help us to manage our mind to enable us to be in the best possible mental state. It’s the icing on the cake to all of that physical training, the difference between winning or coming second and the difference between winning or winning with confidence. If you enjoy doing well/winning in sport then having the ability to utilise and manage your attitude is fundamental to your success. 

NLP Coaching is a form of Sports Psychology and the tools/techniques used manage your internal state of mind to bring out peak performance. Being pre-occupied consciously or sub-consciously will and does affect your performance. Often all of the focus is on improving fitness and technical ability but understanding, challenging and changing any limiting beliefs, behaviours and inner voices will have a dramatic effect on your overall performance.  Sport can spark many emotions within us be them frustration, anger or elation and the ability to manage them will give you a distinct advantage. Whether professional or amateur every one of us has desire, drive and passion in common. Our beliefs and values run our behaviour and psychology on a conscious and sub-conscious level, but do they work for us or against us? Having them aligned to our goals and the results we desire is key to achieving peak performance and being the best possible version of ourselves.

Your state of mind on the approach and during an event or competition is crucial to the outcome, so by having your motivation in the right place means to stop any negative self-talk. The closer you become to your peak performance, the more important your mindset becomes. If your head isn’t in the right place then neither will your performance be. We look for anomalies in performance, what’s different, then analyse them to establish if they are blocking or enhancing your progress. Then by using a strategy installation process, we change your sub-conscious resulting in an improvement to your performance.

Being at your physical and mental best is often described as ‘being in the zone’, so imagine having the ability to access this zone and optimise your mental skills whenever you need, or want to. Imagine knowing and rehearsing when and how to use explosive power at lightening speed, for example because your brain is trained and finely tuned. A finely tuned and rehearsed brain, coupled with a sound fitness program will give you a distinct advantage over your opponents. Your performance can be dramatically enhanced by dedicating just 20% of your training time to developing your mental skills………training your brain! 

I have always been fascinated in how the mind works and the power it can hold for us and our performance. It’s the best computer ever invented and often the most neglected part of our sport and fitness regime/program. The power it can give us and the changes it can make to our performance are often not understood or utilised to their full potential. Obtaining a winning mindset doesn’t just apply to people in sport, it applies to us all if we want to succeed in all areas of our lives.  It’s only by being prepared to really look inside ourselves and analyse what we find, that we can take the necessary steps to challenge and change things for the benefit of ourselves, our lives and our performance. My role as an NLP Coach is to guide you through the process to challenge self-limiting beliefs, to quiet that inner voice, to understand and change behaviour patterns and to challenge comfort zones to provide you with the tools and strategies needed to be the person that successfully achieves their goals and dreams.   

Everything discussed is 100% confidential and 100% focused on improving your performance to be the best possible version of yourself.  

Nickie Maddaford is a qualified Master NLP Coach and NLP Practioner.