Riding Under Intense Pressure

Performance and training are two sides of the same coin. In order to perform well, you have to train. In order to train, you have to keep performance in mind. Performance involves rules and evaluations. Your outcome is uncertain and it all involves some emotional and psychological risk. And the biggest consideration of all? You get one shot only. No do-overs allowed. This unique situation naturally brings with it the experience of pressure. The good news is that having pangs of nervousness means that you care about what you are doing. If you didn’t care, you would feel no buzz at all. The bad news: these pangs can get a little out of control and interfere with you delivering your best. Remember this: fear comes in sizes With fear, you can blow it up and let it overwhelm you and your skills, or you can deflate it to a size…

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