Sports psychology works !
Johnny Sexton proving imagery works ! Picture courtesy of planetrugby.com
Sports psychology plays a big part in top level sports nowadays. As anyone will know who has been on my skiing courses, visited the bobski.com blog, or read my book here
It is not an arcane science that is only available to elite performers, we can all use it.
The picture above is of Irish Rugby star Johnny Sexton making the drop-kick during overtime minutes in the Ireland-vs-France match yesterday. The significance for out skiing, you ask ?
The pressure on him was enormous; the time available almost non-existent; his responsibility to the rest of his team who had worked incredibly hard to set-up this half-opportunity equally burdensome.
Using imagery, from sports psychology, to improve your chances.
Interviewed afterwards, Sexton said seconds before he took the kick – a 42 yarder ! – he remembered and evisioned a previous game, years before, with almost the same characterisitics, when he took a similar kick that had succeeded !
He implied that his imagery had helped him succeed with this one. I believe him.
Whatever level of skiing ability you currently possess, you can use imagery and mental control techniques to help you. Like everything to do with skill, whether skiing or not, you need practice at mental techniques. But they are just as available to you as they are to elite performers.
Learn about skiing mental techniques and you will improve your skiing more than you may think.
Imagery works. I cover a lot of it in other blog posts, some of my “white papers” – if you want some just write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and of course I explain much more fully the things that you can do, in my book: the link above should take you to it or just Google Ski In Control: How to ski ANY piste, anywhere, in full control.