Optimize your team to work in flow with the key techniques and tools that allow them to bounce back from adversity and reach their full combined potential.
When individual players are moved from one country to another their performance is usually impaired by cultural factors. This adaption time can be shortened allowing peak performance at the earliest stage.
Every athlete will perform greatly on their best day. Mental training is about making every day that day. Next Step Mental Training is about getting there sustainably and incredibly fast.
Dalkurd Makes it to the All-Swedish Top League!!!
Team peak performance and resilience : the success factors in the Dalkurd model of mental training using speedcoaching, hypnosis and a prestigeless development algorithm
The Dalkurd model of mental training was introduced by hypnotherapist and coach Ulf Sandström in mid-season for the Dalkurd FF team in Borlänge, Sweden. Following the first session the team played 31 games undefeated and continue to climb.
The model combines classic mental training in the form of mental toughness and relaxed muscle efficiency through mental relaxation with a team strategy of resilience that allows the team to pass through any losses and bounce back into a state of optimal performance where a critical mass can stay in the zone.
- To do so a number of team strategies were developed and accepted by all members to handle the pitfalls of prestige and creating a community map with a vision every player can stand behind personally regardless of skills and personal differences in motivation. The full cooperation of the trainer at the time, Andreas Brännström, was an important factor for the implementation together will a natural trust between the team and the mental trainer.
- To maintain a flexible inside-out empowerment a nunber of existing liaisons were identified and serve as a core unit for strategies, morale and identifying additional needs. This team had continuous support over mail and skype, minimizing the presence of the trainer, creating a sense of empowerment.
- To guarantee each players chances of maintaining full focus in each training and game, and in sport-work-relational balance a system of speedcoaching was made available for the whole team.
- Optimal states – definition and anchoring
- Mental training basics
- Understanding the zone
- Resilience – bounding back into the zone
- Mutual Vision – the vital self-programming map
- Focusing on training the lowest level, not the highest
- Understanding basics of the nervous system in sports and physical activities
- Fast-techniques for reseting team spirit
Sleight of Mouth is a kind of verbal Aikido – a method to confront and change arguments that was developed by Robert Dilts and Richard Bandler – today one of the people who teach it is Doug O’Brien – an experienced and skilled hypnotherapist from New York.
Together with Fredrik Praesto I invited Doug O’Brien over to do a workshop in Sleight of Mouth for members of the International Hypnotists Guild. The method is systematic and relatively easy to apply – and Doug is a great teacher – it is based on 16 ways to meet an argument or fundamental belief. This article is a short introduction.
Just like in Aikido, the underlying principle is to turn your opponents energi back on them, in a non-aggressive search for a way out of deadlock, opening the door to a new perspective or solution.
The framework it builds on is saying “yes” in different ways, followed by a “and” or “but” and one of the 16 possible categories of counterarguments (intention, consequence, hierarchy etc). The structure is more or less this:
“I understand/respect/appreciate the intensity of your belief, AND/OR…”
Just like in Aikido you don’t know which of the 14 counterarguments will do the job in a give situation, the aim is to have as many pre-trained options as possible.
Here are some examples of applying Sleight of Mouth on an argument/belief/statement
Argument/belief: “Cancer causes death”
1. Meet the intention of the argument
“I know your intention is to prevent false hope, but you are preventing any hope at all. Let’s find some alternative choices…”
2. Point at the consequence of the argument
“Beliefs like this tend to become self-fulfilling prophecies because people stop exploring their choices and options…”
3. Redefine the argument
“It’s not cancer that causes death, it’s the breakdown of the immune system, so lets explore ways to boost that…”
4. Focus on a new outcome
“The real issue isn’t what causes death, but rather what causes life and health. Let’s focus on that…”
5. Apply the argument to the argument
“That’s a pretty deadly belief to hold onto – it can only lead to a dead end street…”
6. Give a counter example
“There are many documented examples of people that have survived cancer. Actually, more people die of other causes – have you heard of anyone who had cancer and lived?”
If you are interested in knowing more about Sleight of Mouth, let me know!
An inspiring workshop in practical and creative communication skills, efficient thought processes and strategic stress management. Efficient and creative communication is the result of having the right tools and understandings about how we receive, notice, process and express thoughts in different parts of our brain. In 99 cases of 100 a stagnated communication, or a conflict, is due to the presence of hidden mind-readings and reference dissonance.
By using simple language based tools such as Clean Language, that was developed by the psychologist Dave Grove in combination with creative processes like the 3 step model of Walt Disney it is sometimes possible to reach common understanding and results in the most efficient ways – avoiding energy sapping meetings. Through the understanding and use of metaphorical communication and how we can process goals in different frames and perspectives, a team of very different and unique personalities can find common ground.
When we understand how a learning strategy is constructed and how core values and belief systems can affect our behaviors and choices, it also becomes evident how we can change them. Ulf Sandström is a mental trainer that has coached the elite football success team Dalkurd FF, Mount Everest expedition, OS-athletes and corporations with a wide variety of techniques, but also with experience of over 1000 therapeutic client sessions. Apart from this he works with First Aid for emotional- and post-traumatic stress, mainly involved in projects in Rwanda and Congo, about which he has written the book Resolving Yesterday with International Trauma Expert Gunilla Hamne – available on Amazon in December.
- Mindreading: a really bad concept
- Belief systems and objective truths
- Core values and exceptions
- Motivation: The GPS of the soul
- Verbal Aikido: peaceful conflict management
- The art of saying no, creatively
- A creative process in three steps
- Metaphors: a simple way to common ground
- Learning strategies, and exceptions
Joshua Pipic, Your Majesty, New York
“Working together with Ulf Sandström was a wonderfully eye-opening experience. Driven by a high level of professionalism and an infectious enthusiasm, Ulf approached the various tasks not only with vast experience but also with an intuitive and artistic eye. In particular, he was very successful in breaking ingrained patterns of thought and offering different perspectives from which to view the issues at hand.”
Hugo Ticciati, World class solo violinist