25% of the U.S. population has a diagnosable mental disorder, and 80% of that, or 20% of us, have an anxiety disorder, and anxiety is about the future. When the mind goes to the future, you quit performing at your best, so what we know about when human beings are at their best, they don't go forward in the future. They don't go backward in the past. They stay present, and the mind gets quiet, and you function optimally (flow). The problem with preparing for competitions is that it pulls you forward into the future. If you are not ready for it and can't control it, you will not experience your highest level of performance.
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