So what we can do to prevent it?
- Distraction. Choking is frequently caused by thinking when we shouldn’t be thinking. Counting backwards from 100 has been shown to occupy the conscious mind and allow competitors to perform uninterrupted by worries.
- Adapting to self-awareness. By repeatedly being videotaped while performing, subjects adapted to being watched and no longer found themselves choking. So regular practice in front of an audience (or whatever type of pressure you expect to deal with) can reduce anxiety.
- Be quick: Don’t rush, but prolonging the challenge allows anxiety to build up. Err on the side of being quick to head off the overthinking that can hurt your efforts.
- Focus on the goal or target, not mechanics: If you’re doing something physical, like playing golf, don’t get hung up on the intricacies of your swing. That will be your undoing. Concentrate on what…
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