The Best You run Masterclasses with some of the most talented and insightful agents of change in the world. A maximum of 20 delegates spend the day with the host, asking questions directly to get insights into specific questions.
In the extract from The Masterclass with Richard Bandler, Richard has just been asked by a delegate about the most useful states to use in martial arts. The delegate is looking to get across the idea that relaxation is the key to great fighters, rather than brute force.
Richard uses the discussion to elaborate further on the sporting mindset, and the preparation you need to do in your mind before any contest - which is one of a use of hypnosis and NLP.
You could exercise your muscles ‘till you're blue in the face and some old Tai-Chi guy will come and poke you in the eye and knock you out, who hasn’t exercised in years because he has control over time. He can move so fast because, to him, it’s moving normally. Now you drove down the road, the motorway and you’re going 70 miles an hour, you pull off into a 30 mile an hour zone, you feel like you're crawling, you feel like you’re going 2 miles an hour. It’s not because the world is moving faster or slower, it’s because you’ve mentally adjusted because you’ve got used to it. Now this, neurologically, by the way, is based on the difference between peripheral vision and fovic vision. You have three kinds of receptors in the eye. You have ones that do shade, ones that do colour and ones that do movement. In the peripheral vision, they’re mostly designed to notice movement. When you’re driving down the road and everything is going through your peripheral vision very fast but the road looks exactly the same because you’re just looking ahead of the car at the road, that stillness here and the movement there creates the state of time distortion. So when you start to drive at 25 miles an hour you don’t feel like you’re going 25.
Any athlete who doesn’t understand the importance, especially guys like soccer players, they come in and they tell me, “Well, you know, I’m in a slump,” and I’ll go, “Well, have you had slumps before?” They go, “Yeah,” and I go, “Did you come out of them before?” and they go, “Yeah,” and I go, “How long are you planning to wait before you come out?” They go, “Well, I’m not planning.” I said, “Well, that’s a bad plan to not plan to come out. It could take forever for you to just fall out. But when you came out last time, what did you do?” When you get them to recall the difference between a day they did fantastic and a day where they did bad and you run through it. It has to do with that they talk to themselves, how their perceptions are, it’s an altered state. The more they do it on purpose, the higher performance. Basketball players, that sink three point shots all the time, don’t sit at home and see themselves missing over and over again because if they have a night where they do, they do shitty the next day.