Preparing for something really important but stressful
We have all been there: you are getting ready for something important, you want to do well, but it’s really, really stressful. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the pressure. So, we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to stay calm (or at least less stressed).
There is no problem with having big goals, but sometimes focusing on the outcome of a goal sets the stakes too high, and we crumble under the pressure. So, instead of focusing on the outcome of the goal, focus on the process of the goal. In other words, the journey should be the goal, and not the destination. I feel like you need an example. So, instead of saying “I want to become the world’s best skateboarder within a year”, a better goal would be “I want to learn all I can from skateboarding in the next year”. Focus on the process, it will take the pressure off.
Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Well maybe not the worst, but just prepare for what could go wrong. If you are too positive, your brain will think that it’s going to be a walk in the park, and your motivation and drive will dry up. Don’t get me wrong, be positive, but be prepared.
Try your best. At some point in our preparation, we have that thought “I don’t care anymore” and we want to just stop what we are doing and not try at all. This is the brain's way of protecting itself from all the things that could go wrong. Just don’t give up. Remember why you are preparing – you want to achieve something important. Give it your all. If you don’t succeed, that’s fine – there will be another opportunity, but at least you’ll know you gave it your best shot.
Affirm yourself. Remind yourself of who you are and have everything you have succeeded. Even the smallest things like “I am the best bird watcher in this town”. Tell yourself anything that will build you up. Be your own cheerleader.
You got this.
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