We have had mental notes on bits of paper hanging around our house for years. Part of life with kids as they are growing up.
I think my daughter was responsible for the one that was in our loo with reminders of what to do when you tinkled and other things – aimed at the men in the household I believe.
My wife went to some study day at work and a notice appeared in our kitchen — ‘NO BLAME ZONE’ – I have to tell you that was a good one and did create a calming effect at moments of tension, Frantic places kitchens where everybody seems to be endlessly in a rush!
Well – up a step…
Today I was reading about a local Bournemouth lass Georgia Hall who is a 19 year old professional golfer who has just won £22,000 prize in a tournament in Australia. Better than that she will now qualified be in the Australian Open next week. Good for her – Go Georgia!.
What she has discovered – and what every successful sports champion discovers – is the power of the mind. Georgia has words ‘deep breath’ tattooed on her right wrist and found that the maxim helps her to remain calm.
She told Associated Press
“It’s reminded me to take my time as I sometimes rush the swing or rush a decision. It’s meaning for me is to try and take my time. If I take my time then I am going to get it more right than if I rush it. It helps me out and I can have it in my mind.”
You don’t have to have a tattoo however. There are many techniques such as NLP anchoring and a varied other mental processes to help you store new notes in your brain – ready to call when you need them.
My friend Adam Eason a hypnotherapist has a website about the mental side of running – which is actually about distance running. The techniques and psychological skills taught there though can be for most individual sports. Go and check it out.