Many athletes and sports fans know all too well that nerves can cause chaos for even the most physically gifted athletes out there. The inability to stay calm under pressure is the difference between an amateur and a Hall of Fame athlete in virtually any sport, and it could be the difference between earning or missing out on your college wrestling scholarship. Take these important notes to heart to keep your cool before all your big matches.
Devotion to Optimism
This one may sound corny, but there's nothing cheesy or wimpy about the power of optimism. Envision the best outcome possible for yourself, and then commit to making it happen. Stay in the now, and only concentrate on what you can control. Focus on the present, never on things that have gone wrong in the past.
Something as simple as breathing the right way before, during, and in between matches can make the difference between failure and success. You'll keep your heart rate manageable and your nerves subdued by remembering this critical physiological factor.
Develop a Routine
Being nervous is a natural reaction to these high-pressure situations, and we don't want to get rid of that completely. In truth, the goal is to harness that adrenaline boost that comes from being nervous, and the best way to take control of that energy is by developing a routine. Find the preparation method that's right for you, and repeat it precisely once you've got it down. Using the wrestling gear you are familiar with and sticking with the same familiar pregame rituals will put you in the right frame of mind and give you the focus you need to succeed, while also making you comfortable and calm.
Practice under Pressure
Train yourself to handle high-intensity situations by adding pressure to your practice regiment. Introduce more competition into your routine, even if your coach is already doing so. You might already run extra sprints if you under-perform in front of your coaches, or do less if you get it right, but there's always room for more practice. Keep up the intensity however you can.
Keep these simple tips in mind, and success will soon follow.