Dr. Alan Goldberg is one of the top sports psychologists in the world. Goldberg says you have to know when to be serious in sports.
“The time to try hard and get serious should ONLY be WHEN YOU PRACTICE and NEVER, EVER WHEN YOU STEP INTO THE COMPETITIVE ARENA,” says Goldberg.
“When you get ‘serious’ about the outcome of any game, match or race you inadvertently set yourself up for frustration and failure.”
Think about a time when you performed “in the zone” or “in flow.”
Didn’t you “just” do it? Weren’t you focused but relaxed?
That’s peak performance.
How do you do it?
Focus on your strategy, effort and attitude, instead of the outcome.