Posts Tagged ‘rewards for achieving goals in sport’

Business and Sport – and the Business of Sport

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Recently I sat down with Heather Porter and Andrew McCauley of Autopilot Your Business about key practical tips that work, not only for the elite athlete, but also for the elite business person.

During this short interview we explore some current thinking on successful performance philosophies and the link between creating a successful athlete and a successful business person, rewards and momentum, team building and sustainable success – and the need for everyone to calibrate.

Creating Highly Memorable Memories

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Frequent  |  Emotional  |  Unique


We learnt in the previous post how easy it is to visualise yourself an effective memory – the two skills outlined in this post will massively help to increase recall.

And there is another skill available to increase this even further – Creating Memorable Memories.

Repetition - ReplicationMemorable memories are exactly that – memories we remember! We store a vast array of options in our minds, our neurological points of reference, blueprints to choose from, patterns we have used before and observations. So when we are faced with a decision to make, our brains search the archives for the most suitable option.

What makes one option more suitable than another? Well nothing really, nothing analytical anyway. We choose one above all others because it stands out as more frequently used, more emotionally charged and unique.

When asked for an instant solution, our brains don’t look for the most effective long term solution, it looks for the most memorable or flagged option.

So how do we ensure our new visualised option is the brains first choice?

Put simply: we tick boxes, neural boxes!

First, we make sure it ticks the most frequently used box, by completing the visualisation frequently and in large number of identical repetitions.

Then, we ensure it ticks the emotionally charged box by completing the visualisation AND rewarding ourselves with it’s completion deep within the visualisation.So every time you visualise, also visualise the rewards that come with its success, including your own satisfaction, the adulation of those around you and the rewards of being number one! This pumps the body full of serotonin and dopamine – the natural pleasure chemicals.

Thirdly, tick the box of uniqueness. By making the visualisation unique it not only ‘flags’ it neurologically as a preferred option it also allows instant recognition. So in the case of our future black-belt in the previous post, we asked him to visualise each of the 9 patterns in a different colour.

If he applied a purple colour to a specific pattern in his mind he would also colour his hair purple, the mats purple and his uniform purple – making this pattern stand out as the preferred option over all the other patterns. The word or thought purple also created the neural trigger. No longer did he have to remember the pattern step by step, he just fired off the purple trigger and each move flowed into the next move. This also allows him to begin anywhere within that pattern and not rely on one move depending upon the next.

These three keys to this form of visualisation can be applied to any set of moves, skills or repetition process.

And so here we are… only a couple of years have passed since my son was having trouble with three consecutive moves in a row, and now he is going for his black belt completing a large number of sequential moves and skills. So I am not only a very proud father, I am also very pleased we could provide him with the tools to improve his sport, his education and ultimately his life.