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Mental training


Find out what mental training is all about and how you can benefit from it. Mental training can take many forms and help you work deeply and effectively to clarify and achieve your goals.

Frequently asked questions

What is mental training?

Mental training started as a segment of sports psychology that concentrates specifically on helping athletes break through the mental barriers that are keeping them from performing up to their peak potential. Today, mental training is used in many areas where peak performance is required.

Who is mental training for?

Mental training is for anyone. It can work for anyone in nearly any field; in case something requires mental effort, mental training can help. However, mental training is most commonly pursued by people looking to improve their abilities to consistently perform at high levels. In the beginning, the majority of users were athletes, and today they are managers, public speakers, and artists. I work primarily with people who are preparing for important performances, like a presentation.

Does mental training work?

Yes, it does.

Is mental training some kind of therapy?

Mental training is not synonymous with psychotherapy. While therapy can impact performance, its primary purpose is to improve mental health, not to improve specific areas of performance. This means that, generally, mental training is for individuals who are starting from a place of relative mental health.

I want to know more about the mental trainer

May I introduce myself?


Hello, I am Karsten Noack! I live in Berlin and I have been a globetrotter for a long time. After a career in management and consulting, I offer my experience since 1998 as a consultant, coach, and trainer. I am a media-savvy and engaged speaker, myself. The focus of my work is to make you and your message compelling in conversations and presentations.

My clients include companies, executives, freelancers, and start-up businesses, people in politics and science, while some are also private individuals. And maybe you.

Read more in my profile.

Mental training


Mental training can take many forms; from esoteric to systematic, from nonsense to effective. Originally reserved for competitive sports, today it has proven itself in many areas where unconscious processes play an important role. Mental coaching or mental training is ideal when it is a matter of showing special performance at a certain point in time and convincing people beyond the usual.

Mental training activates a desired positive inner state if required. It serves the ideal inner attitude, which often involves maintaining self-control and composure – in front of the audience, in business, in family life, in everyday life, and in completely unknown situations. My clients often deal with situations in which every detail is important.




Typical goals in mental training


  • “I want to mentally prepare for a challenge.”
  • “It’s time to say goodbye to limiting thinking and behavior patterns.”
  • “A good dose of motivation should help me stay up to date.”
  • “I want to get rid of my stage fright.”
  • “Help me dissolve blockages.”
  • “I need more motivation and energy. “
  • “I wish to be mentally prepared for the desired peak performance.”
  • “Support me in making the right decision.”
  • “An upcoming event should be played through and optimized in the performance.”
  • “Stop destructive self-talk.”
  • “I would like to prepare and master discussions, presentations, and exams even more intensively.”
  • “Help me to be balanced.”




7 basic elements of mental training



1. State management: Being in the best mental state


The first step in preparation is to foster relaxation, attention, and concentration. The desired states will be anchored so that they can be recalled if necessary.




2. Visualization


Processes are experienced sensually in the imagination and can be optimized. Even what is largely unthinkable in reality can be experienced almost risk-free in the imagination. Thus, more sound decisions can be made based on ideas.




3. Beliefs


Complex unconscious beliefs determine human thought and action. Even rules that have been tried and tested can become superfluous over time and cause more harm than good. Therefore, it is necessary to change restrictive beliefs. Restrictive beliefs can be dissolved and positive beliefs strengthened.




4. Values


What’s important to you? If you know your values and priorities, then you will not easily lose your balance.




5. Goals


Most successful people have one thing in common: clear goals, they know what they want.

Mental training helps to clarify goals, criteria, and priorities, the target scenario is examined and the experience is internalized as a reference, similar to an already made experience as a reference. This promotes motivation, and gives orientation and energy, even if a long way is predictable. This is important because everyday life provides too much distraction. Without strong motivation, the dynamics are lost too quickly. It is ideal if you succeed in perceiving your goals as part of your vision. It is well known that people grow with their tasks. That’s why you should be demanding and have the courage to grow!




6. Motivation



Our human brain tends to cling to the familiar, overestimate risks, and avoid new approaches.




7. Mental vaccination


Predictable stumbling blocks are identified, counter-strategies are developed and you are mentally prepared.

If you are not in your mental balance


If you are not in your mental balance, even what you normally master with ease becomes a stress test.




a. Possible causes


There are a lot of possible reasons why someone is not in mental balance. Finding and changing the causes clears the way to get back in touch with oneself and one’s possibilities.


Possible reasons:

  • Limited self-confidence
  • self-sabotage
  • Limiting beliefs
  • Overwork and stress




b. Inner balance makes life easier


Resting in mental balance has many advantages. It has a lot to do with serenity and harmony. This inner serenity is especially helpful in challenging moments. Where despair and disappointment usually increase, a balanced state of mind provides more mental agility and room for maneuver. This constructive agility is much better than solidification or activism. This realization is not new; philosophers such as Aristotle, Socrates and Confucius have already raved about this desirable mental state.




c. Back to mental balance


Do you sometimes feel restless, nervous or unbalanced? Maybe you have lost your inner mental balance. Finding the right balance in life seems to be a special challenge, especially in today’s world. The constant pressure to perform and all the demands can give you the feeling of being externally controlled. This leads to an inner imbalance and in some cases to serious mental and physical symptoms. Permanent stress causes a permanent overload and this triggers dissatisfaction, exhaustion, sleep disturbances, and nervousness. This does not make us any better. Then it is time to act.

Mental training with Hypnobalancing™ will help you. Then a fulfilling life is easier to achieve. It depends on the successful balance between our areas of life such as career, family, relationships, and health. If life is not fulfilling, then explore what is missing. Recognize the signals in time, take countermeasures, and experience more joy in life again. Only if we find fulfillment in all areas, our life is in balance, then we can feel and use our resources. We need inner balance to draw from the full in contact with our resources.

Mental training and self-sabotage



Dissolving mental blockades, ending self-sabotage


We, humans, produce many thousands of thoughts every day, most of which we are not aware of. In the unconscious, they affect our mood, decisions and finally our behavior. If we are at peace with ourselves and the world, then this is immense relief in today’s complexity. As helpful as the unconscious mechanisms can be, as obstructive they can be if something is wrong here.

Restrictive beliefs can lead us astray. Limiting beliefs can prevent us from doing what is good for us. Meaningful actions are made more difficult, plans are thrown overboard too quickly, and life feels like ballast is slowing us down. Important goals in life are not achieved at all or only under very difficult conditions.

Even when these repeated thought cycles are recognized, it does not change anything. Even then, it often remains difficult to stop habits. It is simply too deep a conditioning to be simply discarded.



The good news

Even beliefs and convictions that are deeply rooted in us and often have something to do with a lack of self-worth and self-confidence can be changed.

Mental training offers many possibilities to work solution-oriented with beliefs. Hypnobalancing™ can be used to communicate directly with the unconscious. The prerequisites for this are created through complete relaxation in the alpha state of consciousness. In this state of relaxation, it is possible to fade old negative attitudes and replace them with new beneficial attitudes. If you want to learn more about this, Google (keyword: cognitive restructuring) and – even better, because you learn it yourself – sessions with me will help to dissolve inner saboteurs.

Especially in the beginning, it is very difficult to almost impossible to bring about a positive change by oneself. Therefore, an experienced coach with a background as a mental trainer should support you. Through intensive mental training, self-acceptance, self-confidence, and self-confidence can be developed from the subconscious, even in the case of strong inner mental blockades. Confidence, motivation, and the willingness to act are strengthened.




Details about self-sabotage



a. What is self-sabotage?


Self-Sabotage is any behavior you engage in, consciously or unconsciously, that harms you or undermines the achievement of your goals.




b. Symptoms of self-sabotage


Common signs of self-sabotage:


  1. Abusing alcohol or other drugs
  2. Chronic dissatisfaction with something
  3. Chronic lateness and poor time management
  4. Comparing yourself unfavorably to others
  5. Focusing on negative aspects
  6. Giving up on goals
  7. Indecision
  8. Inflicting physical harm on yourself
  9. Keeping the head down
  10. Leaving tasks unfinished
  11. Obsessive negative self-talk
  12. Obsessive perfectionism
  13. Poor communication
  14. Poor self-confidence
    This is a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.
  15. Procrastinating
  16. Putting other people’s needs too many times ahead of your own
  17. Putting yourself down in front of others
  18. Second-guessing your decisions or inability to decide
  19. Self-doubt
    Doubt hinders your ability to make improvements or approach uncomfortable situations that may make you better in the long run.
  20. Sloppiness and disorganization
  21. Shirking responsibilities
  22. Selling yourself short or underachieving
  23. Smoking cigarettes or other unhealthy behavior


If you exhibit some, many, or all of these, you would likely benefit from mental training to stop sabotaging your happiness and well-being.

Just ask me personally


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If you are interested in coaching, training or consulting, if you have organizational questions, or if you want to make an appointment, you can reach me best via this contact form (you can choose whether you want to enter your personal data) or via e-mail ( You can also reach me by phone at +49(0)30 864 213 68 or by cell phone at +49(0)1577 704 53 56 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00. Most of the time I am in meetings, so please leave a message with your phone number in Germany. Please remember to be very specific about the reason for your call. I will get back to you as soon as possible. The privacy policy can be found here.

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This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in group or individual training or coaching.

Published: March 20, 2017
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision:November 24, 2019
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