A long time friend once shared with me, “Disappointment Takes Proper Preparation.”
Anticipation is a wonderful thing, however, anticipation combined with expectation of a projected outcome, emotion or sensation and attachment to that future outcome creates a potential for a let down.
Proper preparation prevents poor performance – if you do want to achieve something in particular take a moment and list all the ways you can prepare yourself for the event or situation to allow the greatest opportunity for success.
Create a training plan, prepare for variations, and train to a point of autonomy…. That place where you are ready for any variation that may be asked of you. Train to that place that you can not only do it, but do it without thinking, without requiring you to focus so heavily that you can’t smile. Try adding variations to challenge yourself so that you can sing, walk backwards, or juggle while you are doing the task for which you are preparing. We want to train for performance then perform. A performance situation is no time to be self-coaching. Take full ownership of your subject then go out and do it and then move on!