Is it competition season?
What exactly is feeling under pressure?
Athletes with whom I coach tell me that pressure is a combination of their own expectations, the expectations of others expressed towards them and their feelings of anxiety. Sometimes athletes feel pressure to perform to protect themselves against fears of failure or public humiliation.
Believe it or not, the sporting event or competition actually holds no innate pressure… that’s right….. zero pressure. So, what’s the deal?
The feeling of pressure is an experience that is created by the athlete in response to the particular event or competition.
Your perception, your viewpoint, your beliefs and the meanings you attach to the event are what generate your experiences.
Free Tips to Remove Pressure:
1. Accept the reality that you are the one creating this sense of “pressure,” and that you are fully capable of dismantling it.
2.Learn to be in the moment. Stay focused on the process (avoid outcome thinking). Ask yourself what is your job right now, then achieve this goal. Avoid thinking about the whole competition.
3. Recall why you participate in your sport. Athletes have different motives that drive them, but knowing clearly why you are involved is key.
4. Keep it fun. Relaxed athletes perform better than athletes who pressure themselves.
If you need guidance getting there call coach Karen 520-955-9503. Karen@trueformcoaching.com www.TrueFormCoaching.com