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Monday, March 03, 2014
1. Practice under pressure. Practice makes perfect, but not if you're practicing under circumstances that differ from the ones you'll experience when it matters.
2. Promote self-worth. You don't have to use positive affirmations to reaffirm and promote self-worth. Calling to mind your many interests and experiences can boost your level of confidence and, as a result, your performance when the going gets tough.
3. Change your perception. What can feel like the most important moment of your life, the center of the universe, and focal point of everyone in attendance, is merely a blip in the grand scheme of life. Pressures are perceived; reframing the situation provides context that can greatly improve performance.
4. Divert stress. Fixating on an upcoming performance can invite stress and worry which ultimately distracts you from the task at hand. Combat it by employing a few easy exercises beforehand. Counting backward or singing a song will prevent you from succumbing to stress, freeing up the brainpower needed to nail it.
5. Take a breath. Taking a deep breath and clearing your mind is a productive alternative to stumbling through a presentation or problem you're working on. Pausing not only allows you to absorb the information needed to succeed, it also replenishes your brain's supply of glucose, which aids in performance.