Understanding these three basic prime directives is not enough. You must also implement these concepts into your practice in order to increase your client’s chance of enhanced performance. Most hypnotherapists understand these concepts; sadly, few of them actually implement them. When you choose to utilize these concepts in your hypnosis and or guided imagery, you will achieve a class of success that few professional sports psychology coaches even experience.
1. Preserves the Body
All suggestions should lead toward the preservation of the body. This is why hypnotherapists or mental toughness experts have traditionally succeeded so much in smoking and weight loss. Preservation is a logical assumption in these therapies. However, most hypnotherapists do not realize that they should be linking preservation up to all of their client’s goals. In sports hypnosis, you will have a higher degree of success if you can link up preservation of the body to their intended outcome. For example:
“… Imagine if you will now, winning the gold medal. Beyond the feeling of winning, you realize the potential that now awaits you: from product endorsements to media coverage. All of these effects from winning are within your grasp. And by taking these opportunities, your income will grow and provide for you the ability to buy healthier foods, higher quality supplements, and receive the best healthcare possible. Who would have ever thought that by winning a gold medal you could actually become a healthier human, but like a pebble in a pond creating a ripple effect, everything affects everything in life…”