We have had mental notes on bits of paper hanging around our house for years. Part of life with kids as they are growing up.
I think my daughter was responsible for the one that was in our loo with reminders of what to do when you tinkled and other things – aimed at the men in the household I believe.
My wife went to some study day at work and a notice appeared in our kitchen — ‘NO BLAME ZONE’ – I have to tell you that was a good one and did create a calming effect at moments of tension, Frantic places kitchens where everybody seems to be endlessly in a rush!
Well – up a step…
Today I was reading about a local Bournemouth lass Georgia Hall who is a 19 year old professional golfer who has just won £22,000 prize in a tournament in Australia. Better than that she will now qualified be in the Australian Open next week. Good for her – Go Georgia!.
What she has discovered – and what every successful sports champion discovers – is the power of the mind. Georgia has words ‘deep breath’ tattooed on her right wrist and found that the maxim helps her to remain calm.
She told Associated Press
“It’s reminded me to take my time as I sometimes rush the swing or rush a decision. It’s meaning for me is to try and take my time. If I take my time then I am going to get it more right than if I rush it. It helps me out and I can have it in my mind.”
You don’t have to have a tattoo however. There are many techniques such as NLP anchoring and a varied other mental processes to help you store new notes in your brain – ready to call when you need them.
My friend Adam Eason a hypnotherapist has a website about the mental side of running – which is actually about distance running. The techniques and psychological skills taught there though can be for most individual sports. Go and check it out.
It was with some interest that I read on the BBC website this morning about a ‘smell’ study.
The sense of smell can be improved through training, a study on rats suggests.
The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, also suggests if we do not use our sense of smell, we begin to lose it.
The New York University Langone Medical Center team says their work also raises hopes of reversing loss of smell caused by ageing or disease.
All very interesting but it got me thinking about my own smelling issue. I can smell some things. The good thing is that they are the more pleasant smells in life – food cooking, perfume and flowers for example. Whereas the more unmentionable human smell emitting activities pass my nostrils by. How good is that? Well I can’t smell gas either so perhaps it is not all good news.
However – here is the thing – when I was young and just setting out on a career in nursing – my olfactory system was firing on all cylinders and I was as prone as anyone else to the stenches and foul odours that accompany a lot of the work. You get the picture I am sure! But by the time I was a trained nurse I had more or less blanked out (or trained away) my mind to accept the foul smells. Very useful for that career.
Is that another example of the power of the mind or did something physical happen.
Perhaps someone can enlighten me.
Staying on the topic of stopping smoking I want to continue the subject by going back to the article I mentioned in my post ‘Dr Mark Porter Blowing A Smokescreen Over How To Stop Smoking.’ In it he makes the point that women may be more susceptible to the damaging effects of cigarette smoke than men, something I’m not totally disagreeing with, it’s the possible reasons for it that rankle with me. He states,” Quite why women should be more likely to smoke than their male peers, or be more susceptible to smoking related illnesses such as premature heart disease (a 25% higher risk according to the latest study), is unclear. Likely factors range from its use as an appetite suppressant to the marketing tactics used by tobacco companies, which seem to be aiming more at the female smoker with slick packaging and menthol or ‘light’ brands.” I was fascinated by this and decided to investigate further …..
The article is correct in so much as that women are more susceptible to harm from cigarette smoke than men. This is backed up by research appearing on most of the respected medical websites around the globe all of whom quote another article this time in ‘The Lancet’ dated 11th August 2011 (the same article Dr Porter used in his article I suspect) entitled ‘Cigarette smoking as a risk factor for coronary heart disease in women compared with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies’ by Dr Rachel R Huxley DPHil and Mark Woodward PhD in which their interpretation of the research states ..
“Whether mechanisms underlying the sex difference in risk of coronary heart disease are biological or related to differences in smoking behaviour between men and women is unclear. Tobacco-control programmes should consider women, particularly in those countries where smoking among young women is increasing in prevalence.”
As Dr Porter said in his article, the reasons why women appear more susceptible are unclear, which makes his likely factors just as unclear making his smokescreen even smokier. However I totally agree with him that tobacco advertising needs to be monitored more closely and that tobacco companies should take full responsibility for their actions but I am convinced that if someone wants to smoke they will get their hands on a packet of cigarettes regardless of its shape, size or colour. In fact having talked to friends who smoke they always buy a favourite brand which they stick to and the next governing factor is price. Not a sexy looking packet.
Anyway whatever the reasons for starting smoking these will be stored away in the mind of the smoker – male or female. It is vital then if we ever want to get people to stop smoking to first approach the mental side of the process and move the smoker to the position where they really WANT to stop smoking. I repeat the point I made in my previous post, “why won’t more GP’s link up with Clinical Hypnotherapists to offer a more holistic approach to treatment especially in areas such as smoking and weight loss.” These treatments get to the core of the issues whatever they may be, so come on Dr Porter, women may possibly be more susceptible, but more gullible, I think not – ask my wife!
You can read the full Lancet article mentioned above at http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)60781-2/fulltext
Anyone that knows me personally will be aware that I am a Gunners fan (an Arsenal supporter aka Gooner for those of you uninitiated in the finer points of football) and their 8 – 2 defeat by Manchester United was the lowest point of my weekend. Of course I received the usual reminders from friends, even my daughter who is visiting Barcelona for four days texted to say that she was in the Nou Camp stadium watching them play, and just happened to mention that the former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas had just scored for his new team. Talk about rubbing salt into the wound!
So how do you get over something like that? Having a positive approach to life is the best way I know and whistling or singing the Monty Python song ‘always look on the bright side of life,’ from the ‘Life of Brian,’ is always a good starting point. Life changes and we change, so there is no reason at all why Arsenals fortunes cannot change too. As with any other change simply talking about it wont make it happen, action needs to be taken to get the ball rolling towards your goal, “pardon the pun!”
Throughout my life I have maintained a positive mindset, how else can anyone hope to be successful if they stumble at every hurdle put in their way. Fortunately I also have a team of positive people around me, both at work and at home and together we can overcome set backs with smiles on our faces. Pulling together positively from the top to the bottom, from boardroom to boot boys, from manager to tea ladies and from players to supporters, positive team work will see my team through.
So what is the good side of that defeat? Well it would appear from the activity on #AFC Twitter today that Arsene Wenger has been stung into purchasing action at last – something us Gooners have been urging for some time. A 6′ 6″ experienced German defender may well help prevent 8 going past them in the future. I am hoping there will be a few more signings by this time tomorrow.
So the message I send out to my friends is this ….
Watch out, Arsenal will be back – they’re gunning for you with a Vengeance!
I just don’t get it – why are there so many negative people everywhere you go?
It always amazes me in my business life when I see a really fired up positive speaker at a seminar or conference, just what a reaction he/she has on the audience. They love it. You could cook on the buzz – the room is hot.
So why oh why do we put up with all the negative nonsense that gets churned out by the media and all around us in our everyday lives.
I love positive people – who even when life is in a down period for them personally – shine through because of a mental attitude that is stronger than the downward pressures.
I have not met a really successful businessman yet who (more…)
So — Is Golf A Mental Game?
Of course there are various possible approaches to this (no pun intended, golfers!).
Is it a game of mind over matter? Are you nuts to spend so much time at it? Is it an exercise in intimidating your opponent into missing the putt?
Actually, the answer to all three questions is yes. But let’s concentrate on the first one. Mind over matter, mental control, picturing and performing the perfect swing, stroke, contact? Yup, all of these.
As I’ve got older, wiser and slower (physically that is, my mind is still razor sharp and alert!), my golf has got better and better. Despite the loss of power and ever-greater exhaustion coming up the hill on the 18th. And this comes from greater understanding of the techniques involved, less wastage of energy on the unimportant aspects and generally an improved mental approach to the game. Although it’s taken me more than thirty years to reach this point, and my lowest handicap ever, I have often thought that it must be possible to assimilate all the knowledge in a way other than pure practice and experience. And I don’t mean reading magazines either, or, indeed, having endless lessons with the pro which usually destroy your game rather than improve it, at least for the first seven rounds thereafter.
What it really boils down to is the mental approach, as I keep saying. I don’t mean by this discarding the foolish notion that the ball will actually clear the tree in front of you, turn sharp right having done that, sail over the bunker and stop immediately on the narrow green. That ain’t going to happen and we all know it, so why do we keep trying? No, I mean getting an assured rhythm into your game and the certain knowledge that softer is better.
When I lived in France, I would often chat to the pro in the bar. He was quite an elderly pro who had been on the European tour, but had taken on a new wife, some thirty years his junior, spawned a sprog and evidently need the extra income from the lessons he gave during the summer. He had the very annoying habit of never standing still when you were speaking to him, but constantly swinging from side to side, performing little golf swings. He explained that this was what golf was all about, getting the rhythm – and apparently keeping it as well. Okay, that’s one way of doing it, but I now realise that there are other ways of getting this simple message into the brain.
Guest Writer: Chris MacAdie who says check out this e-book Secrets Of Hypnotic Golf written by Andrew Fogg, a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is also a golf fanatic.