Law Office of William F. Underwood - January 2019


Sports psychology has helped athletes, like Michael Jordan, and golf pros, like Greg Norman, become legends. “What separates the good from the great is between the ears, the way they talk to themselves, their inside communication,” says Dr. Sylvain Guimond, a sports psychologist. World-class athletes stay mentally tough and visualize their victories to propel them past competitors. This same strategy can help you take your training to the next level. Outside of the professional sphere, mental exercises based on sports psychology can help you hit new PRs by changing the way you think about your performance. Psychologists have found that believing you can succeed — whether it’s scoring a goal or stealing a base — is key to actually succeeding. One of the newer techniques to enter the sports psychology scene, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), aims to instill this belief in athletes. While the subjective nature of NLP makes its effectiveness hard to verify, NLP reportedly increases confidence in athletes, as Rhonda Cohen notes in “Sport Psychology: The Basics: Optimising Human Performance.” It focuses on building confidence through visualization and speech patterns to help athletes tune into a winning mindset. While the name might sound complex, NLP is anything but — it can

be as simple as choosing a song that you associate with confidence

and playing it on repeat for 10 minutes as you visualize yourself getting a PR for squats. Before your next workout, play the song as an audio cue to go into that confident state of mind. Mindfulness exercises can also be extremely effective at improving athletic performance. These exercises, like yoga and meditation, build a strong foundation for mental fitness. By learning how to ease your thoughts and calm your mind, you’ll be better prepared to call on techniques like positive thinking and mantras during your workouts so you can, as one NLP expert says, “consciously enter a state of peak performance.” Even as you’re incorporating sports psychology techniques into your routine, remember that they’re only going to be effective if you put in the work when you’re training. As Cohen says, “It is one thing to think about or want to change; it is another thing to go ahead and actually do it.”



Do you really need a lawyer after sustaining an injury? Your insurance adjuster

Additionally, the insurance company has their own lawyers whose entire livelihood is dependent on making sure their company doesn’t pay out. Your lawyer understands their thinking, questioning, and tactics. They’ve studied and worked with people just like them and are experts at thinking, speaking, and writing legal jargon. Granted, some injuries are small and will take up little of your time. Maybe you tripped over a chair in the break room at work and need to be out for a few days with a sprained ankle. There’s a good chance you and your employer can work out an understanding that is fair to both parties, and workers’ compensation may not even factor in. But if your injury keeps you in the hospital, makes you miss work, costs you heaps of money, or involves insurances and claims, it’s time to inquire about a lawyer. Don’t go at this alone. The legal experts at Law Office of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can help you get the compensation you’re owed with minimal headache and stress. Find out how by calling 229-888-0888.

is telling you that you don’t need one. You don’t want to be too much of a hassle, and you feel pretty confident in your abilities to handle this on your own.

Think again.

There’s no doubt that you’re an expert at your job, whether you’re a truck driver, teacher, or doctor. Lawyers are specialized professionals who are required to earn a bachelor’s degree, pass an exam to enter law school, earn a Juris Doctor degree, get state bar approval and licensure, and develop their abilities with years of experience — all to do exactly what you’re going to try to do in a one-off situation with your personal injury case. Lawyers are deeply invested in their field, and they spend thousands of hours each year reading, researching, and sometimes even writing laws. It’s impossible to expect someone who isn’t a lawyer to be able to accurately dissect and analyze legal jargon and insurance claims.

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