If you’ve been in your sport for a while, you’ve probably stalled. It happens to all of us, especially when we are close to giving our best. You’ve been playing golf from the 80s to the 90s. His bench press weighs just over 400 pounds. You have been constantly in the tennis finals. You’ve been racking up great scores in bow and rifle practice. But you want more. You want something better. Right?
Let me share with you a well-documented story of the US Rifle Team at the Olympics in the 1970s, where Milton Erickson, a well-known hypnotist, was asked to help the team defeat the Russians. Here’s how the story is told after Erickson agrees to help:
“I explained,” I have shot a rifle twice, when I was a teenager. I know the end of the muzzle and the end of the stock, that’s all I know about a rifle. Now these riflemen know everything they need to know about a weapon. I am a doctor. I know what I need to know about a body. I’ll train your team. They already have the knowledge about rifles and I have the medical knowledge. “
The commander was so enraged that a civilian was going to train the rifle team who added two men who had been trying for two years to join the rifle team. I don’t know what the qualifications were for the rifle team, but it was a marker in the sixties. Those two men had been spending all their free time training and scored in their forties. In other words, they couldn’t be part of the team. “
“One of the first things I said to the man, after discovering that forty rounds are fired in a row in the contest, was, ‘I know the first target is easy. The question is’ Can you do it twice? … Can you do it eleven times, after ten successive targets? … You’ve done it nineteen times. Will you make it the twentieth time? … The tension increases with each successful shot! “‘You’ve done it twenty-nine times. Can you do it thirty times? … You’ve done it thirty-five times. Thirty-six? Thirty-seven? Thirty-eight? (Out of breath) Thirty-nine.” ? Can I do it forty times? ‘”
Through the use of hypnosis, the men on the rifle team, including the two that were added that were such bad shots, were placed in the competition and America beat the Russians … for the first time!
To what level would you like to take your game? Would you like to speed up your sports skills? Hypnosis could be the answer for you. It was for the US Olympic Rifle Team!