This article is from one of our first issues of MENTALCOACH email newsletter back in 2003. Thought you might enjoy a blast from the past article!
If you have several competitions in the next few weeks try visualizing performing well in a different competition each day. See yourself doing well in event 1 on say Monday, event 2 on Tuesday, event 3 on Wednesday and so on. Then rotate through them again. As the competitions are completed drop them from your visualization rotation. This keeps you from thinking too much about the NEXT BIG EVENT and puts your focus more in relation to the overall remaining season. See yourself doing well with confidence and control.
This technique is like a rock that skips across the pond when thrown correctly instead of sinking when it first hits the water. You will expend less mental energy and get greater mental output as you tend to pace your rehearsal and do not have to "GET UP" for each competition.
Also you will tend to judge yourself more on the total of the performances than the finishing of each one. You just skip along mentally, trusting your skill and staying on top of your game like the rock stays on top of the water.
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