Like athletes, years of physical training can prepare musicians, actors, dancers, gymnasts, or other non-sport performers for the athletic and technical demands of competition and performance, but psychological training is equally important and often overlooked.
Their coaches and teachers recognize the importance of goal setting, concentration, and anxiety management, but sometimes, vague suggestions like “be confident” or “relax” cause performers to become frustrated if they don’t understand how to achieve these mental states.
Goal Setting: By clearly defining a set of specific goals that focus on process improvements that you can control.
Competitive Focus: Judges, audience reactions, floor conditions, and music can all be distractions. By focusing only on what matters to you, body mechanics or music tempo, your focus remains constant.
Anxiety Management: Even the most experienced competitors/performers have some anxiety. Learning key techniques to dispel tension and anxiety is critical.