Just Compete

Just the tip:

Four keys to better performance

  • Opponents are nervous too
  • Maintain your cool
  • Don’t believe the hype
  • Let go of worry

All too often we place fear above performance.

We know what we have to do, but we allow our emotions to control our behavior. If this gets bad enough, it can prevent us from performing to our fullest potential.

Fear is an unchecked emotion, Understand that and put it in its place.

Do not let fear interfere with your performance. 

Four keys to better performance

They’re nervous too

If you are competing you must understand that your opponents are nervous as well. The person who can better control their emotions is often the person who comes out on top.

Realize that you are not the only one feeling anxious. Control your breathing and heart rate. Get your mind right before the starting gun fires and you are already on your way toward the to top step in the podium.

Maintain your cool

An opponent getting into your head is one thing. But getting into your own head is 100% avoidable and the worst form of self-sabotaging behavior.

Never allow yourself to lose your cool. The tennis player who smashes her racket, the golfer who throws the club, these people are so far in their own head they’ve lost focus on what really important. The game.

Don’t believe the hype

Like Public Enemy said back in the 80s.

Keep things in perspective. Don’t let the hype of the opponent beat you before the match even begins.

In the 2018 US Open Women’s singles championship match, the 20-year-old Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam title, defeating Serena Williams in the final, 6–2, 6–4.

Osaka grew up watching Williams play, it was one of her first idolize in the sport of tennis.

Study your idols, respect their accomplishments, and then destroy them. No person or team is untouchable.

Let go of worry

Remember, in the end, it is just a game. Let go of worrying how the end results will turn out and focus on performing your best.  Games are played to be fun. If you are not finding the joy of performing, you’ve already lost the fight.

Put things into perspective and realize that a mistake is just a mistake, a bad event is just a bad event, today is just a day, these moments will not define your entire legacy. Keep feeding the self-image positive and powerful thoughts to bounce back from these temporary setbacks faster.

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