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NLP for Sport: How to use your mind for Sporting Success?

How to train your mind to become more resilient, resourceful and successful in sport.
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Created by Matt Beeston
Last updated 4/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Learn a range of powerful techniques and strategies to enhance sporting perfomance
Understand how our emotions, thoughts and behaviours are linked and how to change them.
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  • Come with an open mind and a willingness to try things out.
  • Time to learn, practice and perfect.

This course is aimed at sports players, athletes, coaches and
managers. The course incorporates knowledge and research from Neuro-science,
NLP and Positive Psychology.

The course has a good balance between theory and practical application in which
participants learn about how their mindset can impact their behaviours and
therefore their performance. Athletes and players will go away with powerful
tools and techniques that will help them manage their emotions, challenge any
unwanted beliefs and help them consistently reach Peak Performance States.

For coaches and managers, it is extremely useful to understand their athletes &
player’s mindset and communication. The course gives the coach practical tools
that can be used to enhance the performance of the sports people they work
with. It shows how highly effective communication from the coach can really
make a difference to enhance levels of confidence, motivation and resilience.

The course is over 2 hrs long and is presented in video and audio powerpoint. There are a range of different resources available in PDF format which are both
informative and interactive.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at players/athletes who wish to know how they can train the mind for peak performance in sport.
  • This course is for coaches and managers who wish to understand their players and athletes better and be able to support them to fulfil their potential.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 27 Lectures Collapse All 27 Lectures 02:27:30
Introduction & Course Objectives
3 Lectures 05:16
Welcome to this course! In this video, learn more about the course content.
Preview 01:33

Whether you are an athlete, player, coach or manager this course will give you a range of techniques that will help you or your team reach peak performance states.

Preview 00:49

The Mindset for Success
9 Lectures 46:26

We all know that fundamentally it is our ability to practice, learn and develop a skill that will enable us to perform at the highest level and consistently reach peak performance states. In this video you will learn about deliberate practice and why it is so important?

1.1 Deliberate Practice: Practice the right way!

In principle, control in sport is not about the opponents or environmental factors. Its about learning to master and discipline the wandering mind, strong emotions and wavering motivation. Sport creates the possibility of mastering control over oneself. In this lecture learn how to focus on what you can control rather than apsects you can't control.

Preview 03:39

In this video you will learn the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. The concept was developed by Carol Dweck in which she researched students performance related to what they believed about themselves. The growth mindset concept has been taken up by many schools and institutions. Many teachers are beginning to understand the importance of what students believe about themselves and teach the growth mindset at school. Teachers realise that it has a huge impact on their progress in education and the results they get.

1.3 Fixed mindset or Growth mindset?

In this lecture you will learn the key factors to a growth mindset. By adopting this approach and set of beliefs a sports person gives themselves better chances of success. There are 3 main factors for developing this growth mindset they are:-

  • The Love of Learning
  • A great work ethic
  • Ability to get over set backs

We will talk about each in more detail and look at the differences between a person with a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. This will give you ideas about how you can change your thinking and behaviour.

1.4 How to build a Growth mindset?

In this video you will learn how to use your physiology to enhance your state and results. Firstly we are going to identify the times when you are less resourceful and get caught up in negative gestures and behaviours. You will also identify the positive gestures and physiology that you adopt when you feel confident and successful. This will give you clues about how to change your state through a change of your physiology.

We will reveal Amy Cuddy's research about physiology and power poses. What's really interesting is that you can actually change your chemistry by changing your physiology.

1.5 Powerpose for peak performance

Any negative experience you encounter can challenge your mindset and approach. In this lecture you will learn to notice your internal dialogue and negative self-talk. You will then learn ways of flipping your thoughts by asking a different question. In essence you will know how to turn a negative thought pattern into a positive one.

1.6 Why versus How!

The TEA model is a useful model to understand how we filter our experience. You will learn how our Thoughts, Emotions and Actions are linked. This simple model can be used in a number of ways to better understand yourself and others. Here is how:-

  • We will look at how our beliefs and values drive behaviours
  • How to analyse your filters during your sport
  • How our thoughts impact our behaviours
  • How to recognise someone else's preferred mode

1.7 The TEA model

In this lecture you will find out about self-talk and how it can be used to help you in your field of sport. You will know how to:-

  • Create self-talk statements that are simple and effective.
  • Use trigger words to help you whilst performing your sport
  • Kick start your unconscious by using affirmations aligned to your goal
1.8 Positive Self-Talk

The Performance profile is a simple and effective tool to find a players or athletes areas for improvement. You will identify the qualities required for high-performance in your sport and then use the profile to assist you in identifying your areas for improvement.

1.9 Peak Performance Profiling
Using NLP to Train your Mind
14 Lectures 01:34:53

In this lecture you will find out what NLP is, where it derives from and find out some different definitions from a range of leaders in the field.

Neuro‑Linguistic Programming was developed in the early 1970’s by John Grinder and Richard Bandler whilst studying at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Here's a couple of definitions

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and subjective experience.
  • It’s the art and science of excellence, derived from studying how top people in different fields obtain their outstanding results.

Preview 04:18

Ever wondered why people perceive things differently? Why is it that when you speak to two different people about a film. concert or sporting event they all have different points of view, thoughts and opinions about it. Why is it that two commentators can have very different opinions about a football match? Why is it that two different tennis players will respond differently to weather conditions?

The NLP communication model goes along way to answering these questions. In this section find out how we filter information and how our mental image will impact our state and therefore our behaviours.

2.2 NLP Communication Model

In this lecture you will learn about the conscious and unconscious mind their main functions, differences and purposes.

The mind is considered to be in 3 parts the conscious mind, subconscious and unconscious. The conscious mind is what we consider who we are, its what we think and feel at an awareness level. It’s the part that makes decisions, navigates us through life, it’s the part that compares things and analyses and talks to itself.

So what is the Unconscious?

1. Runs the body.

2. The unconscious needs repetition to embed a skill.

3. Needs simple clear instructions

4. Protects and preserves the body

5. Maintains instincts

6. Cannot process a negative statement.

2.3 What is the Unconscious Mind?

In this lecture you will learn why NLP is so useful in a sporting context, how NLP works, the 'pillars of NLP' and learn some of NLP beliefs that will set you up for success.

'Pillars of NLP'

1. Know what you want (know your ‘outcome’)

2. High awareness of self

3. Be flexible

4. Build rapport

5. Have a Positive physiology and Positive attitude.

6. Take action

2.4 Using NLP for Success in Sport

In this lecture students will learn how to be in a peak performance state in an instant. By using anchoring and sporting triggers a sports person will be able to change state when ever they need.

In this lecture you will learn

  • What is a "state"?
  • Why state management is so important?
  • About the Inverted 'U' of performance.
  • About the Russian doctor who was well-known for his experiments with dogs hence ‘Pavlov dogs’
  • what anchoring is and how to do it related to your sport. (how to anchor a resourceful state.)
2.5 i) Peak Performance 'States'

In this lecture students will learn the key step to anchoring. 

The 5 keys to making a successful anchor are:- 

  •  Intensity 
  •  Timing 
  •  Uniqueness of the anchor
  •  Replicability 
  •  Number of times the anchor is done

    • 2.5 ii) Peak Performance 'States'

      In this section you will learn about the 'NLP presuppositions.' These presuppositions are a series of convenient beliefs and assumptions that when taken on board and acted as if they are true help people produce better results.

      We will cover these 'Presuppositions'

      1. Have a respect for the other person’s point of view.

      2. The meaning of the communication is the response you get.

      3. There is no such thing as failure, only feedback and learning.

      2.6 i) NLP Presuppositions: Beliefs that get results!

      In this section you will learn about the 'NLP presuppositions.' These presuppositions are a series of convenient beliefs and assumptions that when taken on board and acted as if they are true help people produce better results.

      We will cover these 'Presuppositions'

      4. People have all the resources they need to make the changes they want.

      5. Every behaviour has a positive intention.

      6. The mind and body are linked, change either one and you change the other.

      2.6 ii) NLP Presuppositions: Beliefs that get results!

      In this section you will learn about the 'NLP presuppositions.' These presuppositions are a series of convenient beliefs and assumptions that when taken on board and acted as if they are true help people produce better results.

      We will cover these 'Presuppositions'

      7. The ‘map’ is not the territory

      8. Change can be quick and lasting

      9. Modelling excellence leads to improved performance

      10. The system with the most flexibility will have the most influence on the outcome

      2.6 iii) NLP Presuppositions: Beliefs that get results!

      All the top athletes and sports people set goals. However not all of them set them up appropriately. In this lecture you will learn how to set powerful goals the NLP way that propel you to success. 

      Whether in business, education or in sport, there are many good reasons for setting goals. It is important to set goals appropriately in order for you to have every chance of success. 

      In this lecture we will cover the 3 main types of goals


      Outcome goals are the mission/big picture goals we might have like winning a gold medal or being world champion.


      Performance goals are about our performance and not the result it is normally within our control unlike outcome goals. A performance goal could, for example be to run the 400m in 44 seconds.


      Process goals are the day-to-day goals a player or athlete would put in place to support the performance goals. E.g

      Squat 150kg -3 sets of 12

      2.7 i) Setting goals the NLP way

      In this lecture you will learn the NLP goal setting strategy called a well-formed outcome. This lecture includes information about SMART goals.

      SMART goals/outcomes are another way of setting a ‘well-formed goal’.  Some people are used to the SMART principles, and feel happier using this mnemonic.  

      S   Short  -  Specific - Simple

      M   Measurable - Meaningful to you  -  More than one way to achieve it

      A   As if now, in present tense  -  Achievable  -  All areas of your life

      R   Realistic  -  Responsible / Ecological  -  Right for you

      T   Timed  -  Toward What You Want, Positive (no negations & no comparatives)

      2.7 ii) Setting goals the NLP way

      In this lecture you will learn the NLP goal setting strategy called a well-formed outcome. This lecture includes all the specific questions you need to answer in order to make sure your goal is well-formed.

      Examples of Well-formed Goals:-

      • ‘It is 31 December 20XX and I have $1 million of my own money in my bank account.  I drive a car worth more than $40,000 that I am happy with, and I am happily married to a partner I adore and who adores me’
      • ‘It is 31 December 20XX and I own a 4 bedroomed house with a ½ acre garden and a garage, within 20 minute drive of my office in Brighton’
      • ‘It is 30 September 20XX and I weigh 68 kg.  I feel fit, strong and healthy, and have exercised for more than 1 hour at a time, more than 3 times per week for the past 6 months’
      • ‘It is 31 August 20XX and I am a qualified doctor’

      2.7 iii) Setting goals the NLP way

      In this lecture you will learn what beliefs are and how they impact your behaviour.

      Beliefs are formed throughout our life and especially when we are younger. They can be ‘given to us’ by our parents, siblings and other significant people in our lives. Here are some key points to note about beliefs.

      • They can change over the course of someone's life
      • They are not truths, they are our current best thinking about something
      • They are generalisations about events in our past
      • We may be consciously aware of them or not
      • They can be empowering or dis empowering
      • They impact on the behaviours and skills and abilities that we have

      2.8 The Power of Belief

      NLP has an array of different techniques to change and update your beliefs. In this section we will cover two simple belief change techniques that any athlete or sports person can do. There are many others but these are probably done best with someone guiding you through the process.

      In this lecture you will learn how to do the following:-

       1. Counter Example

       Beliefs are generalisations of some previous experiences. If someone has a limiting belief you might provide them with a counter example in the context of their outcome.

      2. Reframing

      In NLP the term “reframe” means to transform the meaning of something by putting another framework or context that it has previously been perceived.

      2.9 How to Update your Beliefs
      1 Lecture 00:55

      Thanks for participating. I hope you enjoyed the lectures and have gained a lot from doing the exercises. If you do have any questions then please do get in touch. 

      Thanks again and until the next time, goodbye!

      Thank You!
      About the Instructor
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      Matt is the Director of Peak Performance and is a Certified NLP Trainer and Coach and delivers bespoke training as well as nationally accredited qualifications. With over 20 years experience in the training industry Matt works with businesses, educational and sporting institutions to identify needs and guide them to excellence.

      Matt is also a certified Trainer of NLP and uses these leading edge psychological tools and techniques to engage and embed solutions leading to greater levels of engagement, understanding and learning.

      His passion for sport has also seen him work with sports individuals and teams to enhance performance and mindset. In the UK he worked with Championship soccer clubs developing their players and coaches in communication, leadership and performance.

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