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What it feels like to improve the performance of a team athlete in only half an hour!

It was 2010 and it felt my life plan had fallen apart!

After many years of regretting turning down a place at Liverpool university when I was 18 to study sports science, now in my thirties, I spent weeks figuring out if i could afford starting university as a full time mature student.

It turned out I could; and I would study sports development from 2009 to 2011 with the plan to graduate and get a job in sports development.
The Olympics were coming up and it seemed a safe educational and career choice.

But things didn’t go to plan!

Half way through my course the Government cut funding so many of the sports development jobs that existed would no longer exist!

It was 2010 and that’s when my life plan fell apart. In my head at least.

On lunch one day I walked into town and started looking at books in the local WHSmith and one book stood out to me.

It was colourful and the title just jumped out at me ‘Just get on with it’
It was just what I needed!
I became absorbed by the book and learned so much about how the mind works and how you can change your perception of a situation for your benefit amongst much more.

Through sheer enjoyment and mind opening insights I thought to email the author to say how much it helped me.
To my surprise I received a reply in two days asking if I’d like to take the opportunity to be mentored by him!

Wow!

The offer would include a hefty investment but I was at a stage in my life I was willing to do things differently for different outcomes…so I invested in my learning.

The investment included my participation in an NLP practitioner course, something I had taken an interest from a distance and now the offer was there for the taking.

So I planned my trip and drove up to Scotland and threw myself into this new opportunity.

What a week!  

I learned so much, I saw so many people transform and knew this was something I could use to help myself and others find new ways to live and compete.

In my younger days I was a standout athlete.  I represented England U19’s as a 17 year old and was voted the Most Valuable Player on that team.
I competed in the second highest tier in British basketball and was voted an All Star by my peers.
I had a lot of experience that would benefit others but NLP really opened up new opportunities to help people on a new level. I also studied emotional intelligence amongst other personal development strands.

About a year after I graduated as an NLP practitioner a professional player posted his frustrations about his performance on social media.
I reached out to him and suggested I help him.

We talked on the phone for about half an hour.

His next game was proof that what I had trained in was worth something.  After averaging about 5 points a game, he exploded for 20 points hitting 100% from the field, a rare feat in itself.

I felt elated for him and was proud that I was able to help him create a shift in mindset that he made a noticeable impact really quickly!

At the time he was writing for the Manchester Evening News.  Here’s an extract from that article

“I expected a better personal performance but nothing this drastic! This is the first time in my 10-plus-year career I’ve scored 20 points and not missed a single shot.”

Read the full article here…

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/other-sport/basketball/rejuvenated-david-watts-lights-up-6300260

Do you know of a professional athlete that’s struggling?

By Mike Nichols

Insights and Masterful mental performance coaching for the football (soccer) and basketball player

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