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How to Design Your Own Neural Pattern: Follow Your Own Path

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Discover how to find the confidence and self trust to follow your path step by step, knowing where to go, what to expect and how to achieve it.


Athletes are often told by their coaches they need to set goals and then set out to achieve those goals.

However many athletes are never educated in HOW to effectively set and or achieve goals or what the difference is between a goal and an objective.

As a professional Mind Coach I get all our athletes and coaches to set an OBJECTIVE, a big ticket outcome, and then plot and plan the Goals to achieve that Objective.

So the difference between an OBJECTIVE and a GOAL is an objective is the destination, the final outcome where as a goal is the path of stepping stones along the way. The design of this direction promotes sustained motivation.

Today we are going to look at something called NEURAL PATTERNING and an innovation we have created to really get this skill ingrained in the body is Blindfolded Rock Climbing.

The concept behind this exercise is to firstly teach the athlete how to gain clarity on their objective and then design and create their path in a systematic and specific way.

Learn how to achieve the confidence and self trust to follow your path step by step, knowing where to go, what to expect and how to achieve it.


Stage One: Create The Objective

Establish what you are striving for: International representation, an Olympic gold, a World Record or something more intimate such as a personal achievement.

Whatever the objective is, it needs to be clear, concise and precise with an understanding of what will be the final step, the recognition of job done.

Then the path to the objective is designed. Selecting goals that support and enhance the journey, and part of this process includes allowing the athlete to set their own goals to the objective and the reward system that goes with it.

Stage Two: Own The Objective

Once we have our established objective and our specifically designed set of goals as the pathway we need to embed this strategy into the neural pathway of the athlete, rendering it as the optimal behavioural option.

Having a pre-designed clear and structured path allows an athlete and coach to maintain focus and if the athlete does veer off the path, the specific point of reference will instantly show, allowing them to correct and bring it back on track (by utilising effective visualisation, both with associated and disassociated techniques).

If we take ownership of something, then we are more likely to stick to it, have an emotional connection to it and be motivated by it. The athlete designed this unique path so they are not bound by the strategies of others. By selecting the path that best suits them they hold themselves accountable to the outcome.

Stage Three: Follow The Path

A very effective exercise to teach the athlete the benefits of selecting, embedding and following a path is our “Blindfolded Rock Climbing” process. This is the last stage in building effective performance neural patterning.

The idea behind this is to feel comfortable in trusting our internal judgement – Once we remove our ability to see, adjust and react we must trust our internal picture.

Our eyesight overrides and over-writes our memory – instantly becoming our primary process – reacting to an ever changing environment. But what it CAN do is react without planning and we could easily find ourselves without options or on a path where we are following another athletes strategy.

Blindfolded RockclimbingSo by creating our path, succeeding at the path and rewarding ourselves … and all whilst doing it blindfolded – we enforce our self belief and confidence in trusting our own judgement.

I am often asked to work with athletes who are experiencing confidence issues around their performance – when they are reminded of success by completing this Neural patterning process their confidence and self worth is instantly lifted. Once they have this point of reference they have a history of success, they see and feel their ability is once again reinforced.

By understanding how to design your own effective neural patterning process, you can design very specific strategies, tailored to give you the best chance at reaching your objective and performing at your optimum.