Practice Right Before Competition is Just a Warm-Up and Nothing More
It’s something I’ve heard from my athletes over and over again in different sports: they think how they do in the practice right before they compete is an indication of how they’ll actually perform in the tournament, game, or competition.
Wrong! The practice is just a way to warm-up your body, get loose, move around, take some swings, hit some pucks or stop some shots, throw balls, run, jump, make some dives, etc. (fill in the blank with what you do as an athlete) to warm-up right before your performance.
How that warm-up goes is absolutely no indication of how you will do once you start the tournament, game or competition. You can have a terrible warm-up and perform beautifully. You can have a great warm-up and perform poorly. You can have a great warm-up and perform beautifully and you can have a terrible warm-up and perform poorly.
I know you’ve had all of these scenarios happen and yet I’ll bet your mind only pays attention to the times you have a terrible warm-up and you perform poorly. You’ve completely discounted the other three scenarios!
I have two suggestions for you to remedy this. First, start calling your practice right before the actual competition a “warm-up” rather than a practice. This will help your conscious mind see it for what it is, a way to warm-up your body so you can go out and compete.
Second, I’ve created a tapping protocol to help you release your worries about having a poor warm-up. Tap this as often as necessary. Click here for the protocol.
Let me know what happens for you once you’ve tapped this protocol and you start thinking of your practice right before a competition as just a warm-up and nothing more!