My husband received a text from his boss. One of the salesmen was unable to use his Cardinal’s tickets and the game was that same day.
My hubby was offered the tickets so that they wouldn’t go to waste ($200 per ticket x 4 tickets). So, off to the game we went, us and our two boys.
The Cardinals were playing the Lions that day.
At that time, the Cardinal’s had recently obtained a new quarterback named Carson Palmer.
I am no football expert, but after watching about a third of the game, I couldn’t help but think that Carson wasn’t mentally prepared for the real pressure of this football game.
It seemed that every time he was near the end zone and had the opportunity to throw a touchdown, he overthrew the ball or threw near the end zone but missed throwing to an actual person.
At that moment, it struck me that under pressure, if not properly and without mental preparation, performances just plain choke. And in this particular game, he choked more than one time under the same circumstances. (That’s what they get paid the big bucks for??)
Thankfully it did not cost us the game. (Cardinals somehow ended up beating the Lions).
This happens all the time in music performance as well. A performer can know his music so thoroughly, but come performance time and a bit more jitters, performances can suffer severely.
Then the problem becomes compounded once wrong notes are struck and the recovery becomes next to impossible!
Don’t ever let this happen to you in ANY performance. This “choking” is avoidable.
I recently read a real mind-changing book by Lanny Bassham entitled, With Winning in Mind 3rd. Ed.
It focuses on mastering mental performance, whether you are an athlete, musician, or race car driver.
After his struggle with settling for the bronze in the prior Olympic year, he was determined to win and came up with a strategy to do so.
Whether you are in sports, music, or public speaking, this book is a “must-read.”
For more tips on piano performance anxiety, read the post Musician’s Performance Anxiety – Crushing It.