Anyone who has gone through a competition knows that it is not just about your ability to do well at your chosen discipline. Whether it is a sports competition of a battle of the bands; there are a lot of factors that add pressure to us; making the act more difficult that when we practice it. Competitions not only involve dealing with the opposition but also handling the potential spectators; and there are a lot of people you don’t want to let down; including yourself. Just like passing an exam; it is often the conditions and pressure rather than the subject itself which can lead us to fail where we would otherwise have succeeded. It is therefore primordial to get our minds ready to handle it all; and that might not be as difficult as it seems.
Preparation is key
A lot of competitions can disturb our minds; bringing a lot of events that we haven’t really anticipated. This is why doing a mock competition can be great to familiarise ourselves with this sort of high-pressure environment. That way we get to encounter all those things that would otherwise put us off-balance; making us better prepared for what is about to come. This is why schools do mock-tests; so that students get used to the clinical and official aspects of passing exams. The conditions are much different than doing things in your own house. Likewise with sports; running by yourself and taking part in a popular marathon just aren’t the same thing. Being surrounded with people might put you off and impede your performance; and on the other side it might actually increase your performance by giving you extra motivation. Either way the best thing to do is to be used to those conditions; so preparation to the right circumstances is indeed the key.
A positive mind
Stress management can also be of great help; after all not everyone can face the pressure of the crowds no matter how much they train. This is where activities that can help us feeling more positive such as Qi treatment really come in to be useful. This sort of treatment helps us to get rid of the negative energies we accumulate in our daily lives and enable us to focus back on the important things that matter. Check out the Master Oh blog for more information about Qi treatment; it might just be the thing you are looking for. Ultimately the more positive you feel the better prepared you are; and this can make a big difference when facing an event as hectic as a competition.
As much as a busy environment can be hectic; it can actually make it easier to focus solely on the discipline itself. Some people are able to shut off from their surroundings; and it is that sort of thought displacement which can bring an unprecedented focus on the activity at the centre of that competition. You can see it as a form of ‘tunnel vision’; but in this case it is not a bad thing at all. Remember that the crowds will be entertained so you can just focus on yourself and your performance. Even if the competition is a sports event; your mind will be your greatest asset so make sure to take care of it and it will reward you for it.