Posted on Mon Dec 28 2020
"But, most often you haven’t perceived it in a negative manner during your everyday training. During competition, with all the stimulus, crowds cheering, tough opponents, the arena in itself, the competition; everything makes you get overwhelmed and you end up perceiving all the symptoms in a negative manner"
The night before the match, you see the fixtures and the ranking of your opponent. A very well-prepared, confident player that you are, suddenly feel the tightness in your shoulders, legs and arm muscles. You feel nervous and sick, the moment you look at the fixtures. But what happens there? Often puzzled by the question, “I do so well in training, but somehow i miss out during competition”...
Understand these are the things you go through everyday - the tightness in your muscles, feeling sick.. But, most often you haven’t perceived it in a negative manner during your everyday training. During competition, with all the stimulus, crowds cheering, tough opponents, the arena in itself, the competition; everything makes you get overwhelmed and you end up perceiving all the symptoms in a negative manner. Your perception of that moment gets to one of the extremes. Now, this happens to most people.
The good news it, you can be in absolute control of this situation and perform to your 100% even during competition. These are some of the ways you can get through your competition day…
1. Set a goal for your competition. It is always important for you to know what you want out of the competition. Most people would have trained for a different goal and get carried
away during the competition. So make sure you stick to it or at least measure yourself during competition based on things you worked on.
2. Remember to understand the consequences of a missed shot. When you get nervous looking at a seeding, just think about what exactly would happen even if you lose to him or her. What could be the worst that could happen, and what you could do to overcome it… Instead of assuming the consequences are not in your control, see what you can do about it and change it.
3. Visualise or imagine before your competition. Imagine the solutions to the challenges that you think you might face during the competition. It is very important to be solution oriented rather than problem focused during the competition. Visualizing would enable you to understand the solutions.
Keerthana Swaminathan, Think Train Perform, Chennai
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