SPA074: How to Switch Your Focus and Stop Nervousness from Affecting Your Game

You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you. – Dan Millman

When it comes to feeling nervous, there is one bad news, that is, you can never eliminate it in its entirety. You can either use it to galvanise your performance or paralyze your abilities.

One of the great myths in sports is that elite athletes are not nervous. They are human and get just as nervous before and during competition as the rest of us. “I get nervous,” admits future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, considered by those who watch and hit against him to be one of the coolest all of professional athletes. He went on to say, “But it’s okay. Getting nervous is part of the game.”

I’m sure you’ve heard of this, but I know it’s also natural that you will try to find ways to counter it because it’s not helping. Furthermore, it impedes performance by leaving you with sweaty palms and some of you may start shaking uncontrollably rather than to perform what you’ve always been doing at trainings.

Those who are in racket sports, weight-lifting, baseball, softball, gymnastics or martial arts, having sweaty palms out of the ordinary may cause a bit of a problem with your grip and result in less control with what you usually have.

I see where you are coming from. I used to be in the badminton school team and with more sweaty palm than usual, my racket tend to slip out of my grip easily and that caused a lot of problems with my eventual smashes and strokes.

To make matters worse, being nervous sometimes make me want to throw up, and when I never managed to throw up, there will always be this feeling as if there’s a rock stuck in my throat. Not sure if you’ve ever felt this way before, it’s just distracting and it feels just like fear.

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