What would flying be like after 4 weeks away? Would I be able to pick up where I left off? These questions ran through my mind as I thought about this week’s trapeze class. I have not been able to fly for a number of reasons, and was anxious to get back to the rig. When I was greeted by the instructors and familiar faces in my class, my worries began to dissipated. After warming up, I put on my safety belt and climbed the 2 flights of stairs to the board. The nervous anticipation I experienced leading up to class disappeared as I chalked my hands and lined up to fly. This shift in emotions surprised me. I was ready to challenge mind and body to improve my performance.
Sometimes the same emotionalexperience comes occurs when we haven’t performed in a few weeks. My experience at trapeze class reminds me to acknowledge all of the emotions that emerge before performance. The good ones along with the ones we wish would go away. Instead of trying to block out fear and anxiety, acknowledge all of your emotions. Then choose to focus on the good emotions – excitement, joy, anticipation. This is an effective solution to dealing with nerves, the doubtful voice in your head, and performance anxiety. You won’t waste mental and physical energy trying to block out your worries, instead you will simply be focusing on the positive. Hep!