Initial Consultation:

During our initial consultation, I asked Jack about his experiences on the table and his thoughts and feelings during a game. He expressed his frustration with his inconsistency and his tendency to become easily distracted during a match. We also talked about his training routine, physical fitness, and any injuries or health issues that might be affecting his game.

Techniques Used:


Focus Awareness Technique -

I used a Focus Awareness Technique to help Jack relax and focus his mind, which enabled him to better focus on his goals and the steps required to achieve them.


Reframing -

I helped Jack reframe his negative thoughts and beliefs about his abilities and his game. For example, he believed that he would never be able to achieve the level of performance he wanted and that his mistakes and failures were a reflection of his lack of talent. I helped him see that these beliefs were holding him back and that he had the power to change them.


The Power of Suggestion -

I used the power of suggestion to help Jack imagine himself as a successful snooker player. I suggested that he visualize himself confidently potting balls and winning matches. This technique is used to create a positive mental image of the desired outcome, which in turn helps to build confidence and belief in one's abilities.

The power of suggestion is where the phrase "I put a spell on you" comes from. The word "spell" actually comes from the Old English word "spellian," which means to talk or speak


This highlights the fact that words are incredibly powerful and can have a significant impact on our thoughts, feelings, and actions


Just as a magician can use spells to influence their audience, sports performers and athletes can use the power of suggestion to enhance their performance. By choosing their words carefully and using positive language, they can create a mindset that empowers them to achieve their goals and perform at their best


“Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power.”

― Sigmund Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis


Metaphors For Confidence And Motivation -

Metaphors are powerful indirect suggestions because they engage the listener's imagination and tap into their subconscious mind, making them more receptive to new ideas or perspective


Focus Of Attention -

I suggested that Jack imagine himself in a tunnel before starting his match to help him avoid distractions and stay focused on his performance. This technique is used to create a visual and mental block from any external stimuli that could impact his game.


Goal Setting -

I helped Jack set specific, achievable goals for his performance on the table. We focused on short-term and long-term goals, as well as the steps he needed to take to achieve them.


Triggers -

I created a trigger by asking Jack to remember a time when he felt particularly confident and focused during a match. I asked him to visualize that moment and associate those positive feelings with a physical gesture (e.g., touching his thumb to his index finger). I then used this anchor to help him access those positive feelings whenever he needed them.



Over the course of our sessions, Jack made significant progress in his mental game and his performance on the table. He reported feeling more focused and confident during matches and was able to maintain his concentration even when he was under pressure. His coach also noticed an improvement in his consistency and accuracy and attributed it to the mental training he had received.


Jack went on to win several tournaments and achieved his goal of breaking 50 points per frame for the first time. Using these techniques I helped him reframe negative beliefs, set achievable goals, and anchor positive emotions, I was able to help Jack overcome his nerves and anxiety, and achieve his potential on the snooker table.


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