Have you ever had someone be rude to you, cut you off in traffic, or just plain scowl at you and it ruins your morning, or even your day? It’s not uncommon, sometimes we just can’t shake certain negative experiences. Imagine playing in the Super Bowl, one of the biggest games of your life; on your first play, everything goes wrong, something you’d never expect to happen, happens. Life takes an unexpected turn for the worst.
Peyton Manning was prepared for his big game in so many ways. He was physically healthy, intellectually ready after endless hours of studying Seattle’s defense, even mentally he believed he had been there before and knew how to prepare for the most important game of the season. But was he mentally ready? Maybe not. Seattle outplayed the Broncos in many areas, but ultimately, why was it so one-sided? It all began with that first play and the Broncos inability to mentally bounce back. Peyton and the Denver Broncos may not have been as mentally prepared as they thought.
The Seahawks practice meditation and yoga regularly. What does this have to do with playing football? These techniques help regulate our emotional state, particularly when we are faced with intense stress. Meditation and yoga teaches us mind and body self-regulation; once we have practiced these techniques, we can go from peace to anxiety and overwhelm, back to peace in a matter of seconds. We then have the ability to pick up the pieces after we are thrown off balance, whether it’s because someone has being rude, or the first play of the Super Bowl. Good mental self-regulation gives one the ability to bounce back, stay in our intentions and move forward while thinking clearly and succinctly. This isn’t just an anecdotal idea, it’s based in brain science (http://www.yogajournal.com/health/2601).
It appears that the Seahawks had the competitive edge on the Broncos as far as mental preparation and staying grounded in an intense situation. Once that ball flew over Peyton Manning’s head, it seemed he struggled to bring himself back to a grounded, peaceful place where he could think clearly and do what he set out to do, play an incredible game. The entire team followed suit in an unfortunate array of mistakes and problems. We Bronco fans had hope that halftime would help them regroup, but no such luck. Maybe John Fox, Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos can learn from their experience. There is one place they may need more work; mental preparation. Meditation, yoga and a few techniques such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and/or hypnosis, will help.
There is always next year! We still adore and believe in our beloved Broncos! As Bronco fans, our hearts are broken, but we can’t Imagine how the team must feel. Maybe a little yoga and meditation will begin to heal the pain for all of us.
Read more about how the Seahawks use Meditation to gain a competitive edge at:
Using EFT to help performance http://www.powerful-performance.com
Hypnosis and sports performance. http://axtellhypnosiscenter.com/sports-improvement/