Friday, July 20, 2018

Performance Choking, 2

Performance choking can occur when the brain is under pressure striving for superior performance. This unfortunate state of affairs can be managed and often prevented by using the STP antidote:  Stay in the moment. Think about what you need to do now—not about what just happened or about the finish. Breathe slowly, relax your muscles momentarily to help you refocus. Take control of your mindset and self-talk. Imagine only what you want to have happen. Tell yourself: “Jack, trust your brain. It’s got this.” Or “Jill, you are smooth and relaxed.” Perform with pleasure. Trust the skills you have honed, remembering how much you love what you are doing. Bottom line: Having fun and enjoying the performance can take your wellness—and success--to new heights.

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