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10 Ways to Make Sure You Never Choke Under Pressure

11. Embrace chaos :)


“In the midst of chaos, there is also  ― Sun Tzu

“I believe in a deeply ordered chaos. ― Francis Bacon

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.” Henry Adams

 

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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.

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