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  • Josh Aycock

#6: Psych Yourself In - 1 Piano Video, 8 Goaltending Principles

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This is #6 in my 8-part series relating to the following video...


What do you do to get amped for competition? How do you get ready when you feel the butterflies and doubt enter your mind?


Please remember, I'm definitely not an "elite" piano player by any stretch of the imagination. I stumble over notes, I lose rhythm occasionally, I'm not a pro in this realm of my life.


So I really had to psych myself up to play in public.


But it's a balance.


If I got too amped, I would be too energized and rush things, hurry the rhythm.


If I tried to mellow out too much, I would have experienced the opposite. I would have been behind. I may not have even been able to get up the motivation to make it happen.


It's the same with goaltending. We need to understand the balance of our own energy.


It's good to get fired up before games, but we can't go too far and end up all over the place because of it.


We need energy balance.


Not too high, not too low.


For piano, not too fast, not too slow.


A big part of this is understanding where you're at, and what you need to do to achieve your optimal intensity and energy.


Too high? Take some calming breaths, remind yourself to stay in control and keep things tight. Remind yourself of the things within your grasp.


Too low? Create energizing breath and thoughts, reminding yourself how powerful and strong you are. Repeat your power statements to yourself.


These are just a couple strategies to try to find your optimal energy. Some other things come into play too, though.


Your sleep, nutrition, and daily habits and activities all factor into how energized you'll be for competition.


Work to find and journal your optimal energy levels, and how you achieve them best.


Stay frosty, friends.

Josh