AmeriCAN Series Part 6: How leaders and individuals can win like Olympians with Hypnosis.

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Laura Palmer 5 Comments

Part 5 explains the mind’s internal judicial system. The more we understand and harness it, the less we need to seek refuge in outward judicial systems. Key Points: Focus, belief and intention play a powerful role in creating outward evidence that such focal points, beliefs and intentions are real. Whether one is focusing on, believing in or intending something positive or negative, evidence of that “something” will accumulate. Therefore, it is important to know where your mind is focused and to consciously direct it only towards what you want.

In Part 6, we cover how the mind’s executive function works:

1) With a short inspirational video clip, we turn to the Olympics to learn more about how to master this process through intentional self-hypnosis. Hypnosis is merely tapping into the creative mind, which is something each of us already does naturally and daily, though you may not be aware of it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Even when a hypnotherapist is guiding you, you still have to choose to be in the zone in order to get into the zone. No one can force you. And, once there, what suggestions you accept is also your choice. You’re always in control.

2) We examine how different national politics and the economy would look if our politicians, business leaders, and each of us employed the same mind techniques as Olympic athletes.

3) We learn tips on how to do this.

How Do Olympians Focus?

Most people know that hypnosis has been widely used by athletes for hundreds of years. Here, Olympic Gold Medalist, Billy Mills, explains how hypnosis helped him win.

We can learn a lot from Billy’s video:

1) Believing in one’s own innate power is key to achieving goals.

2) When the person initially winning noticed Billy catching up behind him, he got distracted and disconnected from his innate power source.

2) Out of fear of losing and a lack of belief in himself, he pushed Billy away, to slow him down.

3) These acts of focusing on his competition and pushing Billy away (instead of staying connected to his power source) weakened his power, and a third runner took the lead.

4) The crowd undoubtedly no longer energetically supported the lead runner after seeing his unfair move and directed more of its attention to Billy. The crowd support energized Billy.

5) Billy accepted the drawback, and he went back inside himself for more power. He fell back on the unlimited belief he held in his subconscious creative mind that he could win, even when someone else pushed him away.

6) He did not allow external factors, such as the bad actions of the lead runner, to disconnect him from his internal power source. He stayed strong inside, believing in himself and his ability to overcome the obstacles.

These same principles and choices are applied and presented to each of us every day. Our use of them impacts our own lives and those around us. If this can help Billy achieve such an amazing physical feat, imagine what it can do with the everyday challenges that each of us face as well as our personal, intellectual, national and economic conflicts. What would campaigns look like? Ordinary becomes extraordinary when we acknowledge: Our minds, bodies, and hearts play a major role in the creation of and response to every day interactions, opportunities, challenges, and conflicts.

Sometimes, another person or entity may say or do something that does not feel good, seems to block our path or may even be false. This also includes blocks that aren’t necessarily intended to harm. Whether we remain stunted depends solely on our commitment to believing in ourselves and reconfirming our focus on creating what we want. In Billy’s case, he created an even greater opportunity to win and showed others how to win even when he was being pushed away.

When challenges appear and others are “pushing” you, do you believe the outside factors or do you believe in yourself? You can tell your true answer by how you feel in response. If you feel negatively (sad, anxious, fearful, angry, etc.), tune into the underlying wisdom: It serves as an important signal that you are disconnecting from your internal compass—either doubting yourself or focusing on an avenue that is not the best for you. If you feel neutral to positive, you’re remaining grounded in yourself. Keep moving in that direction.

The first to get mad always loses. Click to Tweet.

Unlimited Inner Beliefs in a National Dialogue

Most of us have a habit of getting stuck in the negative state on certain issues in our lives (See Part 5 for how we stack the evidence up against ourselves). Then we act from that negative state, producing more evidence of its “reality.”

Politicians face a particularly difficult challenge of staying connected to their internal power source and leading from the heart as they become more public because their job is to represent us. When certain groups are yelling loudly from their own negative states of mind or competing candidates employ campaign strategies focused on calling out the other side, it’s as distracting as being pushed during a track race. It may seem easier to focus externally in these moments and give into the fear or anger or negativity. It may feel hard to hear one’s own voice.

However, I believe the “Billy” solution applies: Go inward, find your strength, and act from that space, which can be felt in the center of the heart. Insights and inspired words and actions to diffuse and elevate the conflict will easily surface. The race will then be about which candidate is the wisest, feels the best and is the most connected to our hearts and represents us from a grounded state. Responding outwardly from doubt, fear, or anger only serves to shift the energy to the other side and lay a stronger negative foundation. Again, the first to get mad loses. And, we lose, too. In this state, the choice is more about which is the least negative option (or the choice between “two evils” that most people reference), instead of which one is the most wise and positive.

Politicians have an opportunity to present a positive choice over a negative choice just by clearing out the obstacles and doubts that surface from within, by choosing to believe in themselves and stay connected to their power sources no matter what, and by focusing on their goals. Additionally, as individuals being represented, we can play an important role in making this easier for them by doing the same. When we choose to rely on our own internal power, like Billy did, we don’t need to spend so much time and money on creating external “solutions” or controlling outside factors (i.e. other people). I promise, even non-Olympians have this ability—we don’t all want to win an Olympic race like Billy did, but each of us has joyful desires that are meant to burst through in the same way.

Spending less time, money, and energy on external factors makes it easier for us to narrow down the number of external issues and solutions that need collective, national attention. It then becomes easier to employ simple solutions that not only move us out of the hole we have created but also result in expansion.

I can’t think of a better time than now when the economy is down and national politics is more polarized than ever to encourage each other and our leaders to harness Olympic gold medal-winning methods to create success.

Read my response to CNN’s article featuring me, Finding Valuable Coins in Dirt.

Organizational leaders, these principles apply to you as well. To learn more and try out hypnosis, download our free eBook. 

Bridgenosis® offers in-person, phone, and SKYPE video conferencing sessions. To schedule a short complimentary informational session, call (202) 709-6013.

5 Comments

  1. Mimi says:

    Very introspective. I like the expression, “You can if you think you can; if you think you can’t, you’re still right.”
    Attitude is everything–especially when you have a positive one.

  2. Jason Hull says:

    It is amazing to me how much we focus on external reasons for why we succeed or fail in our endeavors in life. However, as you so well identify, our power comes from within. There are many things in this world that we cannot control. I can’t control if there’s conflict in the Middle East or if the economy is in a recession. I can, though, control how I act every day and strive to be a different, and better, person when I go to bed than I was when I woke up this morning. I can choose not to think negative thoughts. I can choose to try to be a positive influence on someone every day.

    “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  3. Laura Palmer says:

    Thank you so much for your great comments and quotes! Just goes to show that we all know this. But, most people don’t know how to get there. I hope this article helps to remove any hesitation around hypnotherapy and other pragmatic powerful methods for achievement. I see amazing successful people get even more amazing everyday with these simple techniques.

  4. You have to believe in yourself, if you want anyone else to believe in you.

Leave a Reply

Meet the Author and Founder of Bridgenosis®

laura-palmer-220

Laura Palmer

Intrigued by what Bridgenosis® has done for others? Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Free Newsletter, eBook, & Relaxation Audio:

Archives