In this episode Coach Jason discusses the deeper structures of Peak Performance and how an athlete can fully align themselves to maximize their God-given potential and play FULL FORCE.
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Welcome to the Full Force Life podcast, the show where we get everything fully aligned towards the things that we want to happen: the outcomes, the goals, the ultimate life vision for ourselves. What I have planned for this podcast is something a little different, a little unique. In fact, it’s going to be a huge stretch for me to be able to break this down and explain it. I don’t know if I’m ready for it but I know if I don’t give it all I’ve got then I never will be someday. What I’m going to go ahead down is break down the Logical Levels of Robert Dilts and how athletes can use them to be their best, to be their peak performers that they want to be. To achieve their goals, their dreams by getting everything at each level fully aligned, fully congruent, no inner conflicts or any distractions deep within them. What that’s going to do is allow them to build this energy, this momentum so that when barriers pop up on the journey, which they seem to do, that we have so much force behind us, a full force, that we blast through these barriers.
I know every athlete, we have these different goals and different dreams for what levels we want to achieve or where we want to play. Some it’s just about making the varsity team, some it’s about going and play in college, others is about being on a D1. Some want to be pro, some want to be Major Leaguers, Hall of Famers, it all varies from player to player. The one thing that I know that each player has in common is they want to find out how great they can be. They want to maximize their potential. I think that’s the key. They want to maximize every ounce of God-given ability that they’ve been blessed with.
This episode is going to be a little different. Maybe it’s not the young and up and coming ball players that I talk to as much lately. Maybe it’s not just for them, maybe it’s more for their parents or for their coaches. I know this will be a great, great episode for coaches so that you can understand that there’s so much more that lies beneath the surface of what we visually see within a player: the environment that goes around them and their behaviors and their actions, their swing mechanics. I’m starting to give away some of these levels but it is okay. We’re going to take our time when we go through them step by step.
What this awareness will do is hopefully it will allow you to be able to communicate differently with these players as well as give them instruction on how they can grow and develop things that are more deep down inside of them that will not only affect them and their performance in a positive manner, but as you’ll find out that deep down when you start making those changes, it will affect other areas as well. I see the importance of not just developing athletes but developing our lives in totality. The Full Force mentality, it applies to living your entire life in the zone. In order to do that, we’ve really got to get ourselves congruent, aligned deep, deep down within.
Along with that awareness, there are other things that we could do or teach these young players that are going to help shape. These things are going on deep within them to shape them in a way that’s going to serve them not only in their dreams of being an athlete but their dreams in other areas. A lot of that has to do with visualization. It has to do with certain processes in certain manner and a certain order. Instead of doing our normal game ready at the end of this, we’re going to do a neuro alignment that’s created by Robert Dilts as well as Robert McDonald adapted it a little bit. We’re going to do one of those at the very end. Like I said, the explanation might not be great for kids less than twelve years old, thirteen maybe even, but the step by step process at the very end will help a child, a player of any age.
I’ve walked professional players through these steps. I’ve walked children as young as nine, ten years old through these steps and their face lights up. What it actually does is a lot of changes happen at an unconscious level more than just positive thinking. Changes and new programming happen and the player will start responding differently in new situations automatically as time goes on and will strengthen and actually update itself and build stronger and stronger going into the future. Let’s go ahead and get started.
As I mentioned, these logical levels were mostly put together in the order that I’m going to teach you today by a man named Robert Dilts. Dilts was a very early contributor to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, something that I’ve been extensively trained in since I retired by NLP Master Trainer Susan Stageman. When Dilts put together these levels, when they really began to stand out to him, doing a lot of almost like therapeutic work. He wasn’t a therapist but he’d be working with these people who either they’re working on their health, cancer patients and people who are really, really sick or like another environment, people who are trying to stay away from ever getting there and they’re working on losing weight, getting healthier and they just could not stay consistent. They could not get the results. Maybe you’ve experienced this yourself where they were following the same strategies, they were eating the same things, they were doing the same type of workouts, but they weren’t getting the results that the people who had suggested it to them.
What he had discovered was that there was deeper structure than just following the actions and the strategies of others. There was deeper structures that were lying beneath the surface that were incongruent with the goals that they had. To give you a great example that’s easy to understand when it comes to fitness, you could be doing the workouts, you could be eating the right things, but if you have these underlying beliefs that you can’t lose weight or maybe you have this image or this movie that you’re just a fat person through time, those will trump and will win out. We’ll go and explain these at a deeper level when it comes to being an athlete and trying to create our peak performances as well.
When you think of that iceberg model and how it starts from narrow and begins to expand the further you go down and just know that the wider that it expands, the more impactful that it affects you. The bigger deal that it is. At the very, very top of that is what Dilts called the environment. It’s what the five senses are affected by. When we think about athletes, think about how the stadium or the plane conditions, the weather. What’s the weather like? Those do play a role in a performance. So does the team that you’re on or even the individual coaches, they do play some type of role, albeit not a very large one, as you’ll begin to learn after this.
A lot of times I’ll get messages or calls from certain parents and they’re considering switching their player to a different team. Things are just not going right in this situation. The coach just doesn’t understand Johnny. I get it and I’ll begin to explain it in this model as well where you could change teams if there’s another coach or organization that wants your player. Trust me, you’re going to move him over and there’s going to be immediate shift in everybody’s states and he’s going to probably begin playing better. I’ve seen enough times it happened.
But over time, there are things that are going on a deeper level that’s not allowing him to bring his best regardless of the environment. The environment doesn’t dictate how we feel. The environment doesn’t dictate how we perform ultimately. That’s what today’s levels are going to help show you and hopefully bring you an awareness that you can start influencing other players to be their very best regardless of the environment. Think of this step almost like the location cure.
Have you had any friends or maybe you’ve experienced it yourself where life wasn’t going the way that you want it to, but if you felt that if you move to a different city or a different place, maybe you did. Maybe everything was great at the beginning or maybe you changed a relationship. You broke up with a girlfriend or boyfriend because that person was just toxic to you and you don’t want to be in that type of relationship. Also, you found somebody new. Everything was great. Everything was working out. It was ideal. It was perfect. Then through time, that person slowly started changing into the other person or all the same problems started following you to this new city. When all this happens, it’s because that there are deeper structures that lie beneath the water that are incongruent, that are causing conflict.
One level below, now we enter the behavioral level where we do all the actions. It’s all the stuff that we can see and think about today in today’s air. I’m thinking about when I grew up where before the professional level, I had a video of my swing or some at-bats a handful of times. Now, I’ve got just about every single at-bat of my five-year-old on his Tee-ball League on my iPhone right now. He’s watched a few of them. I know he’s at an age where it doesn’t really matter but he has access if he wanted to. I know there are some kids at that age that do. There are all these apps that measure launch angle and exit speed velocity and you could see the swing path through everything. All of this is great. Usually when hitters are struggling, when any athlete is going through some type of slop, there’s a visual difference in their mechanics, in their technique.
What I want to show you is if you go deeper than that, you’re going to start seeing why there’s differences in it and why just fixing the technique, taking them to a new instructor or just going in the cages and taking a thousand swings isn’t necessarily the answer. It’s not the solution that there’s things that need to be dealt with, that can be aligned deep within that will naturally allow the mechanics, the technique to take care of itself and to get back into rhythm.
Now, we’re getting to just the edge of that water. We’re a little above and maybe even a little below the water. It’s this area of capabilities, our skills, our talents. Just imagine that a player is on the right team and he’s got this unbelievable swing, just a beautiful swing, but he still is not playing. He’s still not performing at the level that you would expect the swing to be able to play at. I gave the examples that the Minor Leagues are full of Major League caliber swings. Yet, also at the Major League level, there are a lot of guys, there are some guys at the very least that don’t have the best swings. They got big, giant holes in their swing but yet they are able to consistently perform and play at the Major League level regardless and that’s because of these capabilities that they possess.
Think about timing or pattern recognition, pitch recognition. The ability to have an idea what might come next from the pitcher or just to be able to recognize that’s a curveball or a slider. If a player doesn’t possess those capabilities, their swing will not be maximized. Even physical strength; strength is a capability. You could have this great, powerful bat path through the zone but if you don’t have the physical bat speed, you’re never going to be able to drive the ball the way that swing should be able to.
This is where a lot of coaches are getting more and more better because they’re starting to teach a hitting approach. The best professional hitting instructors that I have ever hard, they worked at this level. They worked a little bit beyond just the mechanical standpoint, the behavioral level. They worked on hitting approaches, having a plan. They worked on your timing and your pattern recognition. They also dealt a little bit with focus and concentration. Obviously, if you don’t have focus it doesn’t matter how great your swing is or how strong you are.
This is the level where when you hear me always talking about how state is greater than strategy. The power of your state is more important than your swing or your mechanics. This is the level of capability. What is interesting about state management though, as you’ll see, is some of it can be willed. As I’ve thought in previous episodes, by understanding the triad, the three parts of creating a peak state or any emotional state for that matter is how you use your body, your physiology, how you control your focus, what you focus on, what you choose to focus on affects how you feel, what state you’re in, as well as how you use your language or your pictures in your mind. The internal representation of things will affect how you feel, too.
You can will yourself. Even if you’re having one of the worst days of your life, you can play with that triad and put yourself into a better feeling. You could change how you feel. You’re going to change how you perform, but that takes some effort. It takes some awareness. As you’ll see as we now dive beneath the surface, there are things that automatically control our state, our reactions to certain things. If you don’t take the time to align and to develop what lies beneath the water, your state management, your ability to put yourself into a peak state will be compromised. You’ll be at the control of all these old, outdated programming that lies within you.
The next level that lies beneath the water is really about beliefs, your belief systems. Actually, it will be broken up into several different sections, several different types of beliefs. Let me give you a little overview of the importance of beliefs and what they are so that when this awareness begins to build, you’ll begin to recognize not only your own beliefs, your own limiting beliefs or empowering beliefs, you recognize it in your thoughts or the words that come out of your mouth, in other people’s words. A belief is nothing more than a sense of certainty that something is true.
What’s interesting to note about beliefs is none of it is factual information. They’re references, they’re experiences that you might have had and this is how you perceive things to be true. Maybe they were something that were passed on, they were bestowed upon you, so many of our belief systems, the core beliefs that reside within us. I’ll use the metaphor of the grape vine. The vine is the core belief and then you grow these grapes. They’re all these supporting beliefs off of this core beliefs. All these are developed early on in childhood, sometimes between the ages of four and six even. Our beliefs get passed on to us usually by our parents or people that are heavily influencing us as we grow up. These beliefs are nothing but feelings of certainty. There are no factual information about them.
For the most part, people will go around living their lives, thinking these beliefs are totally true, that they’re not within their control. Not only are there actual tools and techniques that allow us to identify and to change them to things that will serve us, that will support us towards the goals and the dreams and just the outcomes that we want to happen. Some of them could be visualization. They could be saying incantations. There will be a process at the end of this that’s extremely great about almost uploading new belief systems into your brain. It will happen at an unconscious level.
Just having the awareness to question it begins to affect to change. Think of it almost as a table. The very top of the table is the belief and the legs that come down from the table are just references. They are these experience that tie into this belief that says, “When this happens, this always happens.” When you begin to gain an awareness, you could start questioning it. You could start challenging it. You could start kicking the legs out from underneath the table. Eventually, that belief will collapse and you’ll get the opportunity to replace it with a new one that will serve you, that will empower you. That’s important to know; you can’t just get rid of a belief, you’ve got to replace it.
The first belief that we’re going to talk about is global beliefs. They are these super, super, over generalizations about how we see the world or how we see people or how we just see different things and what it means to us. Let’s use baseball as an example. Some people will say, “Baseball is life.” That’s a belief statement. Some will say, “Baseball is a game.” Some people will say, “Baseball is a battle.” Think about it, if you own one of these beliefs, how much would that affect and be a difference in how you approach the game, the level of fun you have during the game, how serious you take the game, what the results mean to you, with all three of those different beliefs?
When I started studying this, I really started to see some of the conflicts that I had to be in my very best where I tripped up and began to stumble when I got to the higher levels of Triple-A and Major League Baseball and when I started having issues with my own performance, hitting that wall, as well as that transition out of the game. For me, baseball is everything. That’s how it used to be for me. Baseball was everything. You’re going to start seeing some of my own personal beliefs and you’re going to see why I had a huge issue with transitioning out of the game. Your belief about the game that you play is going to affect how you approach it and how you feel. If it’s just a game, you might be more relaxed. If it’s a battle or if it’s life you’re going to take it a lot more serious. If you take it a lot more serious, you’re going to put more pressure, there can be higher expectations on yourself, which I’m not saying is a bad thing. Just know that it is affecting how you react to certain situations at those higher levels.
I’ll go one step down. This is the belief of capability: our skills, our talents that we mentioned earlier and how we feel, what we think is true about those skills. Take two players with the same level of mechanics. If I told you that player A has this belief in their swing that, “I have a great swing.” The other player has the same exact swing but underneath it all he has this belief that, “My swing is not very good.” Just think of the differences in how those two will perform. You’ve already seen this. I’m just giving you words to what you’ve already been aware of. You’ll see it more and more today with all these young players who grow up with this perfectionist mindset, this perfectionist mentality. They think that beating themselves up, being hard on themselves, having these beliefs that are not empowering, that it’s actually going to drive them, it’s going to motivate them to become even better.
I don’t recommend too many books but go and check out Mindset by Carol Dweck. She was this Stanford Psychologist, pioneer in studying growth mindset versus fixed mindset. Fixed mindset is this perfectionist mentality that you see today where more and more kids and players, they are less likely to put themselves out there to take risk. They are so worried about the results and being seen in a good light that they’re not doing the types of things that allows them to develop fuller and faster. The growth mindset is the path, the journey to mastery, to being the very best that we can be to maximizing our potential. Definitely go check out that book. It completely changed how I parent, how I work with players.
One of the big things that she talks about is having the belief that the growth mindset has this belief that they could learn anything. The fixed mindset, things they can only learn so much or only learn so fast or there’s a lot more limiting beliefs. That belief affects the results that they’re getting. As I mentioned before earlier too, sometimes we all have good beliefs, “I got a good swing.” An even better belief, how will that serve us? If you were to take yourself regardless of where your actual swing was or that player’s swing was, and you were to teach them, instead of thinking about they had a good swing, but to say, “I have a great swing.” Over time, when that becomes a part of them, it’s going to allow them to take more risk, take more chances, put more effort in working. Eventually, their swing will grow at a faster rate if they are running around, living their lives, playing the game with this belief that they have a great swing.
These advance processes and this reimprinting and this neurological thing that I’m going to run you guys through at the very end that helps us grow new beliefs. Just having the awareness, adopting other people’s beliefs is something that is powerful especially at a young age. I think of all the beliefs that I changed in the last couple of years since I started to do my NLP training. The majority of them is just by starting to take notice and pay attention to other people’s beliefs, to hear what they say about certain things. I think of this man and I listen sometimes to his audio programs and he always said, “If I’m truly committed, I will find a way.” He’ll find a way to get the result that he wants. He’ll find a way to make things happen. Even amidst in other programs, maybe it doesn’t work every single time but how much more successful is he because he has this thought, this belief programmed in his mind. Anytime a barrier pops up, he’s like, “I will find a way. If I’m truly committed, I will find a way.”
I can’t even begin to believe what first started happening with me. I heard him say this over and over again. One day, when a barrier popped up, there were two appointments. I was needed to be at a baseball clinic and I needed to be at a training at the same time in the afternoon. At first, I was like, “I can’t do it.” I picked A instead of B. I was like, “Sorry, B. I can’t do this. I can’t be there. I’ve got conflict of my schedule.” But I really did want to be there. Then, this guy’s voice popped in my head, his belief, “If I’m truly committed, I’ll find a way.” I remember him giving examples about how we move things around. I was like, “Okay.” I called him back and I asked a bunch of more questions. We figured out that there was way for me to come in a little bit earlier, bring in the kids where I can speak and talk and then, boom, I went on and I found a way. My original gut response was, “Nope, it can’t happen.” I shut it down.
Over time, this one little awareness allowed me to take one different action and then I said, “Wait a minute, maybe there is something to this.” Now, every time a barrier hits, there’s a conflict somewhere, I think of this belief. I’ve experienced this so many times myself, I found a way once I really committed myself that it went from being someone else’s belief to becoming my own. Now, I do believe if you’re truly committed you will find a way.
Sometimes what we need to do is as simple as stepping and imagining. If we know of someone who’s got an empowering belief or if we can just imagine what they probably believe about themselves, which is part of the process, and we just stay inside them for a moment, just in our head and imagine what their belief in the situation would be, what they would do. We will access it. We’ll find something new. If we stay in that state and we take that action, we’re going to get a different result than if you come up with it and then you step out of it, you go back to being yourself in your own old pattern state and then take that action. You’ve got to stay with it, stay in that energy, stay in their belief and then take your action. It’s a great strategy for adopting and learning new beliefs.
To close up the beliefs and capabilities, I think of the importance when it comes to goal setting. The ultimate idea behind playing full force, living full force is getting everything congruent, everything aligned with what you want to happen, the results, the goals, the dreams. Anytime I’m working with someone in a one-on-one situation or even a team situation, we set a new goal. Maybe it’s a goal that is a lot bigger than we’ve ever set before. There’s a series of questions that I always ask. Do you desire this? Is this goal really worth it to go after and give it everything you’ve got? The most important one is: Is this goal possible? Do you have what it takes to achieve this goal? That is a huge belief in their capability that they can do this goal, that they can achieve it.
You’ll be able to tell from their response, they will all going to say, “Yes, I promise.” You know when someone doesn’t fully believe it. Even if I’m just giving words now, you can recognize it when someone hesitates or something about their face or something in their voice lets you know that they don’t fully believe it. Then at that point if that happens, then we either need to find some other type of internal conflict maybe that’s going down deeper on this iceberg where we’re heading next, or maybe the goal is just a little bit too big. Have you ever set a goal that’s just a little too big of a chunk and it made you frustrated or discouraged? On that case, you go ahead and just tone it down, just a little bit, making it bigger and better than we’ve ever done before, but just tone it down just a little bit so it feels more achievable.
Now, we dive a little bit deeper into the iceberg and we come up with the beliefs of what’s most important, also known as our values. What’s interesting to note is you can take different people and will have the same exact top ten values of what’s most important in life or maybe in the game, but they’ll have them in a completely different order. What’s important to know about this step is that the order, the sequence, the hierarchy of the values affects all those other levels that are above it. They’re going to affect what type of player we’re producing by the order of the values. Think about every athlete who loves the game, who wants to be great at the game. They have these values of success and enjoyment, passion from playing the game.
Imagine if number one, what was most important was having fun and enjoying the game. Then number two was success, winning, accomplishment. Just imagine how that would trickle up through these different levels. Remember the global beliefs, that you probably produce the type of player who sees baseball is fun; the game is fun. If you had that kind of global belief, that goes up to the capabilities and the behaviors and the environment where you’ve probably seeing a player who has more smiles and is a little bit more laid back, is a little bit more of a jokester, is not uptight taking themselves so serious. He’s a laid back type of player. See how this all trickles up.
Let’s say you go to your values and we just flip flop those two values. Success, accomplishment, those types of things are number on the list and then now, number two is enjoyment. When I start breeding the type of players who got a global belief that baseball is everything, baseball is life, winning is everything, that’s probably where these beliefs starts kicking in. Winning is everything. As it trickles up to the higher levels, you’re going to start seeing a player who will still have fun, but maybe you don’t see it as much. You don’t see it on their face or in their actions or the things that they do because they have a higher value. They put more value on the accomplishment, on the success of what they’re doing as opposed to just pure enjoyment.
Now, we pretty much are at the very bottom and we’ve got the big granddaddy of them all. That is beliefs of our identity. How do you think, perceive, refer to yourself? What kind of person and what kind of player are you? It’s easy to recognize these and others will recognize it in ourselves because we’ll always say, “I am.” Whatever falls after “I am” is a statement, a belief at an identity level. The words that will be coming out of your mouth are, “I am a great player. I am a good player.” Whatever it is, without those references to ourselves, that whole trickle is going to be a little off. I like to think of these ones in very general terms too, the thoughts and the feelings about ourselves.
Think of the belief of, “I am capable.” Remember when we’re at beliefs of capability and how very specific they were, “I’m a good hitter. I’m a good pitcher.” They were very specific to a capability. If you just have the overall belief in yourself that, “I am a capable person,” then you’re going to start finding yourself in many different situations. Having a sense of certainty that you feel capable about what you’re doing or at the very least that given enough time, given enough practice, you will be capable at it. Other great little spins to this at that deep, general level is “I am worth it.” I’m talking about the goal setting.
I didn’t mention one of the hiccups you’ll notice when you get a sense that they don’t feel that they’re capable, that that is achievable this goal for them. Sometimes they don’t feel worthy of the goal, that they’re not a worthy person or they are not a deserving person. I teach a lot of my clients to refer to themselves as being capable, being worthy and even just being powerful, “I am powerful. I am a powerful person.” Those very general beliefs of identity, what you’ll find is it will seep in to so many different areas outside of the white lines as well. “I am powerful. I am worthy. I am capable.” When you make changes with the big granddaddy at that level, you’ll find so many changes in so many different areas of their lives. It’s just a beautiful thing.
To tell you a story of an issue that I bumped into, I had this real long running belief of identity that I was a ball player. “I’m a ball player.” That was all that went through my mind since I was a little kid, “I’m a ball player.” I’ve interviewed and I’ve studied and I’ve worked with so many different people and I know this isn’t always a result that happens to them. There are things that I need to learn more that go into this. For me, I neglected so many different areas in my life and I was just running this belief in my identity that I’m a ball player. When my career ended and I retired and I needed to transition out, even though I knew I was other things, there was this massive hole within me. There’s a lot of pain.
It gave me trouble to step into and be the man that I needed to be the next stage of my life. Even though I knew I was a great father. I knew I wanted to be a mental performance coach. I knew that was who I needed to grow into but I was having trouble moving pass all this pain of rediscovering who I was. It took some time and it wasn’t really until I learned these different steps and part of the NLP processes that really helped me get clear on this next step that I’m about to teach you. The next step is how we can shape and change our purpose, our direction, how we see ourselves at the identity level.
The best way to change how we think, how we perceive ourselves at this deep, deep identity level is by changing how we picture ourselves by creating this vision for our lives and the purpose behind it all. What’s interesting is this level of vision, it seems like it rests beneath the iceberg as well as a little bit above it because it’s really about changing, creating this new environment that you’re moving towards. Within this vision, it’s all of the different levels. It’s like this matrix or continuum of it all. It’s a beautiful thing.
If you are able to see yourself and picture yourself with all these new different levels and aligning them in a way that you serve to live the best life to get the goals and the outcomes that you want, you’re going to be moving towards it all and eventually it will all unify. To give you an example from my own life, a little bit outside of the game of baseball. My entire career, I was a user of smokeless tobacco, of dipping. I never once thought about quitting. I didn’t think I could quit, to be honest. When I got challenged to do it, the first two months, I struggled really bad. I never used but at the same time, I was cranky and my body was going through this heavy withdrawals and I just thought about dipping every single day.
Although I changed my actions, my behaviors, now the different levels will start making sense to you on creating change. Outside of the water, I was trying to change this habit, this behavior of dipping, but underneath the water, I didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t think it was important to me. It wasn’t a value of mine. As well as the worse of them, I saw myself as a dipper. That was what I refer to myself my entire life was, “I’m a dipper.” In that state, at that place, there was no way for me to make any type of lasting change. After two months, I cracked, I gave in. It wasn’t until a year later and I had been studying this stuff at such a deeper level and I understood. I got into a conversation with someone, I was like, “I do see this as a habit that doesn’t serve me and what I want for my life.”
I wrote down and created this new vision. It wasn’t just about seeing myself as no longer being a dipper, someone who’s a healthy person, but I saw myself as someone who was giving back, who was helping others, who did want to quit this habit too. I saw myself at an identity level of being someone who was a helper, a healer, a magician of sorts using some of the NLP crazy processes that are involved. When I created that vision, this identity level of being someone who was a dipper was incongruent and caused me massive pain to even think of living my life that way. What I did was up through each different stage, each different level, everything got cleaned out and aligned. I knew I could do this. I started gaining different capabilities as alternatives. I started doing different behaviors and it was a new world that I lived in at the very end of it all. I’m so grateful, so blessed and thankful at this point.
Within the last year when this transition happened, I’ve already helped three people who are still tobacco free in their own lives. Two with dipping and one that’s even a smoker as well. What a beautiful gift that’s been for not only myself but for others, too. That is the purpose. That is the drive behind what I do and why I continue to try to study and to grow and to research all these stuff. I know that was a long explanation. It took me a long time to understand this stuff. This is a free podcast. You can come back and listen to this as many times as you need until you fully understand it all and maybe how it applies in different context of your life too, not just with athletes or ball players.
This next stage, let’s go ahead through the different steps. What you’re going to need is some index cards. You’re going to need six index cards. I want you to take these six index cards and spread them out in a straight line where they are about one foot apart from each other. They’re a step away from one another. What I want you to do is in the way that you align them in that direction, that straight line, I want you to be on the first one looking forward. Directly behind you are the other five index cards. From this first place, just how I told you the different levels, the very first one was the environment level.
What I want you to imagine is maybe you are standing in the future, you are standing in this dream life. This life where you’ve achieved your goals and you are the exact person that you need to be. I just want you to imagine and describe out loud really what it all looks like when you’re standing at this place. Whenever it is, just describe what it looks like when you’ve achieved all your goals. You’re looking at your own eyes right now and you describe everything you could see, everything you could hear, even describe what it feels like. After you’ve described all that, you could have a partner with you, write it all down. Maybe even you’re holding a notebook, a little journal right now and you write it down real quick just so you can remember it. When I walk clients through, usually I’m writing it down and then I repeat it out all at the end as we integrate it. Right now, just go ahead and write it down or have someone else write it down, whatever it is.
Once you’ve fully described it all, I want you to go ahead and take a step back and step onto the next level, the next index card, which is the behavioral level. Here, I want you to do the same thing but now that you look forward, you can actually see you in the picture. You’re in this image, this vision of this life that you’re wanting to move towards. Now, you can see who this person needs to be and what type of actions, what type of behaviors they are doing. If they’re an athlete, maybe now you see them on the field. Maybe it’s a baseball player and you see how they are moving. You see their mechanics and how their mechanics work. Are they pitching? Are they hitting? Are they running? Go ahead and really describe all the actions, all the behaviors that you see this player, this future you. See and describe all that they’re doing in the scene. Write it down, keep it in mind.
Then, what I want you to do is just pick a mentor, any mentor. It could be someone you don’t even know personally. It could be someone who’s no longer even with us. Someone who’s not even alive. Someone who if they were able to pass along everything they knew about how to be the very best at those actions, those behaviors and they could serve as your mentor to teach you to be that way, go ahead and pick that type of person. What I want you to do is just imagine that you’re reaching out with your arms and you’re bringing that person into your chest. You’re bringing them inside your body. All their knowledge, all their resources is just being uploaded into you right now and you can probably feel it. When you bring him in, you can feel all that access, all that knowledge being uploaded in your mind.
Now, you go ahead and you take that step back into the capabilities space on that next index card. Go ahead and describe all the skills and all the capabilities that you need or maybe something that you already have to achieve in this goal, this dream of becoming this type of player. Is it better timing, pitch recognition, the ability to manage your own state, concentration, focus, all these incredible capabilities? See them, describe them how they’re even stronger than they’ve ever been before.
Once again, when you’re ready, maybe you need to pause this tape. I imagine you probably do. Pause it and that’s totally fine. You have the time to do that when we proceed everything forward on the very last step. We’ll probably do that one in real time and it will work for you, especially if you have someone there helping with you. Go ahead and just like before, pick another mentor or it could even be the same mentor. You don’t have to know them. They don’t really have to be around anymore. They could actually even be a character in a movie. It will work just as well. Someone who could teach you to come in and mentor you in all these capabilities that you’re going to need in this picture, this vision. Go ahead and bring that mentor in, bring him into your chest and just feel everything uploading. I said him, but it can be a she too. When that’s done, you feel that all being uploaded. Go ahead and take another step back and you move into the space of beliefs, of values.
As we talked about earlier, what are some empowering beliefs that maybe you could use to replace limiting beliefs. Maybe if there are some empowering beliefs that you could just use to improve on the beliefs that you already have, the beliefs in those capabilities, the beliefs of what’s most important, those global beliefs that we talked about, the big generalizations. What’s baseball like? What’s your sport like? What’s life about? Just think of a few that comes to your mind that you know that seeing this person inside this picture that’s up ahead of you right now in that environment, you just know that they have a stronger belief system than you and what are some of the beliefs that they probably have. Just name them out loud, write them down, whatever it is.
Then go ahead and find another mentor and grab that mentor. This mentor who could teach you how to have those beliefs or maybe there are mentors that have all those beliefs. Who is someone that you think of that you just know who probably have an amazing belief system, an empowering belief system? They know they can do it. They have the right values to help you get the job done. They can all teach you, mentor you. Go out there and reach them, bring them into your chest. Let everything download and then go ahead and take one step back. Now, you’re in that space of the beliefs of identity.
What I want you to do here is a little bit different. This time what I want you to do is not just think of the specific beliefs but think of an actual metaphor that would describe how you see yourself. If you are an object or a symbol, you would be like a what? To give you some examples, I’ve had some clients that said, “I’m a lion. I’m a rock. I’m a star.” We had some quite a few clients really believing in themselves. I love it, this is awesome. Think of a symbol or an object, it could be an animal, a thing, whatever it is. For the longest time, I also had this image inside of me. I don’t even know what to call it. It was those triangles, they are like the pyramid shape. I thought of this glass pyramid and it just became the symbol for how I saw myself. Weeks later, after I incorporate it, I looked up what that means. What that symbol means is strength and security. It’s stable, the shape of a pyramid. I thought what a beautiful metaphor that was because that’s what I needed in my life when I first did this. It was that strength and that stability. People could count on me. Whatever comes in your mind, I want you to go ahead and say it out loud or write it down.
What I also want you to do, too is once you write that down or speak it, go ahead and make a movement that symbolizes. The player that was aligned, he had this roar and this little movement of his paws coming up. When I had this symbol of the pyramid, through my arms and my hands, I made a shape of the triangle at the very top of the pyramid and just come up with a movement that symbolizes it as well. When you’re ready, go ahead and take a step back after you have it. Take as step back into the next space, into the place of vision, of the spirit.
Stand in that spiritual, that vision place of visionaries and ask yourself what’s the purpose of this whole thing that’s out in front of you right now. What’s the purpose behind it all? As you look before yourself, why are you pursuing this vision? I want you to think again of a metaphor that describes your vision. If you were this metaphor, how would you move? Any type of movement that comes to your mind, just go ahead and move, whether it’s rocking back and forth, whether you’re flying like an eagle, whether you’re raising your hand to the sky. Just make this movement and once the movement is done, repeat the movement. Go ahead and just keep doing it over and over again. We’re going to begin to integrate this all together. Make this movement over and over again.
What I want you to do now is to take this movement and keep moving and actually step into the next space in front of you again where you’re back to the identity. What I want you to do now is start taking turns. You are moving your arms or you’re doing whatever you’re doing, the movement of the spirit, of the vision. Now start adding in, incorporating, taking turns what your movement of what you saw yourself, your identity. I’ve seen someone, their arms are going up and down, they’re waving around like they’re an eagle and they get into this place that they’re a rock and then they take the shape of a rock with their arms. I know it sounds silly and outrageous but it works. It’s going to feel super intense. It’s going to integrate all these things together into your body where it becomes muscle memory. It’s not something you’re going to have to think about. As long as you keep moving your body, it will work. Make this one motion of the vision, of the spirit and then incorporate the motion of how you saw yourself at an identity level and just take turns.
When you incorporate the too at the identity, I want you to step into it, bring all of that energy, all of that momentum into the space, the index card before, which is our beliefs and our values. As you continue to take turns making these two movements, just repeat in your mind or maybe have a partner read what you had written down. Repeat all these empowering new beliefs that this person up ahead has. Repeat them over and over again while you’re continuing to make these movements. Then go ahead and make another step forward. Keep moving. Keep rotating to these two movements and then drag all this up to the next step into the space of capabilities. Have your partner or yourself just repeat all these incredible capabilities that you either have or you will possess as this person that’s in this picture. Repeat them all over. Keep moving. Keep working on those two movements, integrating them all. Go ahead and bring it all into the behavior space, that next index card. Go ahead and incorporate them all. Keep moving. Keep those two different movements, rotating them all and just think of all these great behaviors that you’re doing in this vision. Lastly, when you really feel it, this is going to be awesome, go ahead and take these two movements and step into the space of the environment.
Now, you’re back in your body. Everything is being integrated and aligned at all the different levels. Let me ask you how this is all downloaded in your system right now. What do you notice that’s different? Is it more possible? Do you know where to start or where to begin to making this happen? So many great descriptions, powerful exercise. If you don’t feel as intense, ask yourself, “Did you keep moving through the whole thing? Did you repeat everything?” If you did it right, this is a powerful moment. When you step into this environment again, we step back into your own eyes and you see that everything’s changed.
This is something that could be done a couple of times but once you do it once the right way, profound changes will be coming in the horizon. You’re going to start reacting differently to certain situations. That’s the power of aligning all the different logical levels within us towards what we want to happen. Towards our goals, our dreams and our outcomes so that not only do we play full force, but we live it and we love it as well, too.
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, any comments, any criticisms, even any sarcastic remarks. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or you could message me on Facebook, Instagram. Until next time, aim high, swing hard and smile often.