How to Crush Pre Competition Nerves and Turn them into a Weapon
Empower your mind
Your about to learn how to take back control in one simple step……
We have all felt it, the gut wrenching nerves that set in prior to the big competition. Your heart races and your thoughts become scattered, its amazing and terrifying at the same time. Whether its fear of judgement or fear or failure or all of the above, its really can be very hard to handle.
This is not an uncommon experience. Nearly one in three adolescents in the United States (31.9 percent) meet criteria for an anxiety disorder. Of those, half begin experiencing their anxiety disorder by age 6. NCAA research shows that almost 85 percent of certified athletic trainers believe anxiety disorders are currently an issue with student-athletes on their campus.
I remember being young being young and not having the appropriate strategy to be able to handle competing at a high level, so this topic is one very close to my heart. This pre-competition period is a common topics we discuss with our performers and learning strategies and method to help engage them and get the most from there performance is our focus.
So how what does the science say? Dr Alison Brooks based at Harvard suggests that there is a simple method to make a positive change, by 'reappraising anxiety as excitement.'
Individuals often feel anxious in anticipation of tasks such as speaking in public or meeting with a boss. I find that an overwhelming majority of people believe trying to calm down is the best way to cope with pre-performance anxiety. However, across several studies involving karaoke singing, public speaking, and math performance, I investigate an alternative strategy: reappraising anxiety as excitement. Compared to those who attempt to calm down, individuals who reappraise their anxious arousal as excitement feel more excited and perform better. Individuals can reappraise anxiety as excitement using minimal strategies such as self-talk (e.g., saying "I am excited" out loud) or simple messages (e.g., "get excited"), which lead them to feel more excited, adopt an opportunity mindset (as opposed to a threat mindset), and improve their subsequent performance. These findings suggest the importance of arousal congruence during the emotional reappraisal process.
There is a TED video at the bottom of the page for anyone who want to delve deeper in on this this topic, its definitely worth a watch (around minutes long).
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Don't shy away from being scared in training and competition, face up to it and do it daily, the more you practise being afraid, whether its going first in training or doing something out of your comfort zone, its the true path to growth
Once your in the situation use a mantra like the suggested about, 'I am excited, I am excited, I am excited.' Repeat is over and over and over. This will trick/convince your brain that it is ready and able to perform.
Focus on what you can control and don't put to much pressure on yourself, you can't do better than your best on that day.
Don't panic if i doesn't work the first time, its habit and tool for you to use, but like any good tools, they take time to implement.