USING POSITIVE ENERGY TO LET YOURSELF WIN
A case study: Conscious Top Performance in Sports
By Christel Rosenkilde Christensen
Do you sometimes wish that you could snap your fingers and remove your competitor from the field? Deep down, you know it doesn’t really work like that.
For every winner there needs to be a loser. It’s a symbiotic relationship. The more we focus on contribution instead of winning we start working miracles, and everybody benefits – like in any type of success and top performance. If both of you are giving it all you can, positive and confident this is who you truly are, where in the moment – it no longer matters who is number one. You can admire and respect the person or organisation with whom you are competing.
A business client of mine with a passion for sport asked if I could help a professional sportsman he sponsors. Sam was a brilliant player, yet he didn’t seem to be fulfilling his true potential, and was ranked only 13th in the world. My client was convinced that I could help Sam improve his game.
A marginal improvement can be enough to give you the edge to achieve your goals and dreams
In all fields of top performance, just a marginal improvement can be enough to give you the edge to achieve your goals and dreams. Sam was ambitious and talented. His trainers were always asking him to be tougher in his game, and he assumed that’s what he needed to do to achieve an improvement. But I told him I could help him up his game only if he was willing to let go of believing he had to be something he was not.
Tuning into and analysing his performance and person, I sensed the real problem was a misalignment between who he was and his game. He as a result was frustrated, and was blocked by his attitude on court, and his difficulty keeping his temper. Through my session with him it became apparent, that all his life he’d been told to suppress his natural friendliness and toughen up. From boyhood he was urged to be more aggressive, to be a fighter, to be relentless and unforgiving when playing. Now he could not control his outbursts of anger and would often shout at match umpires.
be the one in charge of the energies within yourself and around you and not the other way!
It was clear to me that he was highly intuitive and due to the misalignment revealed in the sessions he had become oversensitive to other people’s feelings and energies. I needed him to learn about energy management – to be the one in charge of the energies within him and around him and not the other way. My observations in his energy when competing showed, his attitude did not endear him to spectators on bad days and he wasn’t able to protect himself from their projected feelings. Unknowingly, he was in effect, as most performers are, battling the crowd as well as his opponent! He wanted to be loved by the crowd, wanted the umpires to be on his side, wanted to be seen for the nice and talented man he was. The ‘hostility’ of the spectators when abroad forced him off balance and destroyed his focus. His reaction was to send negative energy back and to think negatively about his opponent, wishing, as he put it, to ‘kill him.’ All this decreased his chances of success.
Balance is everything to a sportsman as everyone else and powerfully energy management is magic. I’m not just talking about their literal, physical balance, but also about the balance of mind and spirit. Sam needed to stay agile, focused and fluid in his body and mind if he was to play well. He could not afford to be knocked off balance. But this was exactly what was happening time and time again.
On the sports field or in business, thinking negative thoughts about an opponent will only bring negativity back to you
In Sam’s case, I wanted him to switch to positive and compassionate energy for himself and everyone else around him – which was his natural core. This would make him more agile, more aware and successful. He had to protect himself and filter out other people’s emotions, so that he could keep open his connection to the grid of universal energy. If you come from a place of calm, centered energy, then you can control the match rather than being forced to react defensively and negatively. Only when he used my guidance to remove these blockages and distractions would Sam be able to use his intuition effectively on court, and become healthily alert, balanced and strong.
After only a couple of sessions, Sam started to listen to his intuition instead of reacting to the crowd. I asked him to make sure he had time alone before a match to centre himself: to think calmly about what he wanted to achieve, and then to think good things about his opponent. I asked him to believe in the innate goodness of human beings, to believe that the line judges and umpires would be acting the best they could at all times from the perspective of their resources in the given moment – and so was he. So before his match, he chose to go out into the forest outside the arena. Here he allowed himself to be still and quiet, finding a space to create his own positive and now empowered energy field. The next step was to take that sense of internal peace and harmony with his surroundings onto the court. In this way he would set up a good and powerful energy flow, and ride the positive frequencies through the match.
Separation is an illusion. We are all connected
I assured Sam that thinking positively would affect the crowd too – they’d feel the warmth coming from him and even if they didn’t cheer for him, they’d recognize his ability and have respect and empathy, which would help support him. This would give him the best possible environment to play in.
On the sports field or in business, thinking negative thoughts about an opponent will only bring negativity back to you. The energy we transmit should always be positive, and in that way it will attract positive energy back. In his new spirit of generosity, at his next match Sam sent his own physiotherapist to help his opponent when he had an injury. He went on to play his best-ever match. He enjoyed himself. The crowd was behind him. And he won
After only two sessions with me, Sam’s world ranking shot up to number six in the world. He says, “When you play at the highest level, you need to be a friend to yourself. I have now learned the difference between being serious and being aggressive. I realize that nothing good comes out of aggression. I am more aware, and that has really helped me both in my performance on court and in life.”
Four years ago when I took maternity leave, Sam was number 2 in the world.
Christel Rosenkilde Christensen
Advisor for the conscious elite, expert in conscious top performance with clients in more than 28 countries world wide. Author, mother, and conscious visionary, leading the way for success in the new world emerging and ambassador for the importance of leaving a positive impact on the people we have the privilege to influence and leaving a strong foundation for future generations as a part of our journey