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The Journey To Become The Most Sought After Sports Mental Performance Specialist Part 1

A path leading on a journey in two different directions

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Lao Tzu

Back in 2011…

2011 was an eventful year for me. I was half way through a Sports Development Degree at the well known University of Bolton and I heard the government cut funding to most of the Sports Development Jobs! Shit! That’s my plan A out of the window! Now what?

The workings of the sporting mind had always interested me and as I was going through a period feeling lost and unvalued, I found myself walking aimlessly around WH Smiths in Bolton when a colourful book caught my attention.

Perhaps it was my subconscious leading me, fate, or just pure luck but whatever it was, I picked up this book and with a title “Just get on with it”, I just had to get on with it and buy the damn thing!

I read it from page to page in record time and at the back I found a contact email for the author. Instinct told me to reach out to say thanks for the insights, Ive opened my mind to new learnings and it really helped me in my time of need.

Not expecting a response, I left it and was pleasantly surprised to get a reply after about 2 hours.

To cut a long story short, the author, Ali Campbell, (not the lead singer from UB40) suggested I invest into becoming his mentee and as part of that deal, I was offered a place on his NLP Practitioner course up in Scotland.

I’d heard about NLP and at the time was unsure about what it was, how it worked but immediately said yes.

After splashing out a shit load of money, that I didn’t have but considered it a good investment in self development, i planned my trip up to Scotland around my full time studies.

The seven days were packed full of energy, insights, mind blowing strategy and techniques! I was hooked!

The people were amazing and we built strong bonds and I’m still in touch with some of those people today.

But it was our final day when we got to practice on an unsuspecting crowd of 200, I really believed NLP was the answer to my problems.

As I worked my way around the crowd of women, all in attendance to learn how to stop over eating and lose weight, trying to get to people before my fellow NLP Practitioners, I targeted an eager-looking woman and armed with a bar of chocolate, I performed the Compulsion Blowout technique and in just a few minutes, she was repelled by the sight of the chocolate!

Wow!

Was this for real!?

Or was she just falling into crowd mentality?

Just before I left for the long journey back to Bury, My mentor, told me I was ready to make a career out of helping people using NLP and after I arrived back home to sunny Bury in North Manchester, I focused on establishing myself as a top NLP Practitioner, helping people overcome phobias and changing mindsets.

But something wasn’t sitting right with me…

Join me for part 2 to find out what wasn’t sitting right with me

By Mike Nichols

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

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