All competitive Martial Artists will understand the feelings associated with fight day.
This Bruce Lee Quote gives great advice to handle this challenge. What does he mean?
Mental Strength, could be one of the trickiest aspects to improve on due to it’s complicated make up.
Human personalities can very much effect this part of the performance. It can certainly be something which needs to be exposed to trial and error to see what suits you best as an individual.
However there are some general guidelines which have shown to help athletes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✅ The first step is to become more self aware about your current situation as well as becoming more familiar with your personality and emotional tendencies.
Who are you and what kind of person are you? Own this and embrace it.
This will be a much better place to begin as opposed to the “fake it til you make it” attitude which some coaches suggest, clearly hasn’t worked anyway if you are reading this! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Awareness will allow you to make better use of techniques such as visualization & mental rehearsal.
Allowing yourself to embody emotions which you expect rather than hoping to disguise them to trick your brain about your brain, yes ludicrous I agree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Develop a better understanding of how you feel and embrace the emotions while ensuring not to lie to yourself.
Understand you will be nervous, perhaps even scared but you will be prepared and expecting this if your prepare adequately both mentally and physically.
Understand that everyone who competes generally feels similar emotions, you need to accept these emotions.
These feelings are quite natural and actually help us to perform optimally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⚠️ Use these emotions to your advantage, like they are designed to by the body.
The key is to link the body with the mind. This will help you to not be overwhelmed when they do arise.
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