Pre game nerves is something every athlete has to deal with. I think there really isn’t a way to avoid it, but if you’re a naturally more confident person you will probably have an easier time. But confidence is a skill that can be trained. But you can’t have false confidence. Nerves and panic comes from not preparing. So if you prepare every week and give it your best it will give you a higher sense of confidence. But confidence also comes from what you say to yourself. If you are telling yourself you aren’t good enough, that’s how you will perform regardless of the work you put in. Your mind is so powerful. Positive thinking and positive thoughts need to go through your head on game day. Arrogance is when you haven’t done the work but you still think you are the best. That’s not going to work either. It’s a combination of both. Put in the work all week long, positive thinking, and go out there to execute. If you break the game down, take it one play at a time, it won’t be as stressful as you might think. Focus on your job, none of the other external stuff matters. Pressure and stress are not real things. You build up pressure and stress in your mind. If you can control your mind, you can control your play.
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