Up For Greatness: 7 Pre-Event Mental Preparation Strategies.
Do you ever wonder why you perform
with excellence one day and can't get out of your own way the next?
The answer might lie in how you prepare. To not prepare is to begin
to fail, but psyching up with purpose can light the fire of greatness
inside you. Here are seven top tips to get you focused and ready
to take on the world-for any task or performance.
Psyching Up For Greatness
Powerful Pre-Event Routines
Help You Perform To Your Potential
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
Do you ever wonder why you perform with excellence
one day and can't get out of your own way the next? The answer might
lie in how you prepare. To not prepare is to begin to fail, but
psyching up with purpose can light the fire of greatness inside
Preparation is comprised of long term preparation (training) and
short term preparation (pre-event routines and rituals). Short term
preparation includes psyching up strategies the day before, the
morning of, just before the event and during the event. These 4
phases are vital to handling performance anxiety, focusing you on
your upcoming tasks, keeping you positive-minded and in providing
energy to drive your performance.
In previous articles, you have discovered various
phases of the preparation strategies. Let's now learn about short
term pre-event mental preparation strategies. Here are some approaches
I use when coaching business people, athletes and other speakers
1. Focus primarily on your strengths. Leave practicing your weaknesses
to your long-term training. You want to build up your confidence
just before a performance and reminding yourself of your best points
will enhance that.
2. Plan your day so as much as possible you avoid stressful situations
or conflicts that drain your energy and focus. Avoid activities
that may result in your being tired, depressed or negative.
3. Continue your usual best schedule of rest, eating, relaxing and
exercising. This will help maintain a feeling of normality, ground
you and keep you in a confident state.
4. Avoid over-training. Your long-term hard work and practice should
carry you through, but over-doing last-minute panicky practice indicates
a confidence issue. Focus on your positives.
5. Have a game plan. Know what you hope to do once in your event.
Don't leave your strategic plan to chance. Cover all your bases.
6. Primarily visualize positive outcomes for your event. Leave analyzing
what can go wrong and planning for all negative contingencies in
the weeks of training prior.
7. Spend time around people who will support your efforts and who
validate you. You want to be with people who champion your abilities,
encourage you and believe in you. This directly impacts your belief
in your own abilities.
Everyone has a story about great preparations leading to great performances.
The key is realizing that you have the control over how you prepare.
Give yourself the gift of psyching up and watch your performances
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organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
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professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
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and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
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