Defeating Performance Anxiety with a World-Class Boxer

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I'm currently reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferrisss, which is essentially a highlight version of the Tim Ferriss Podcast. The goal of Tims podcast is to interview world-class performers in multiple avenues (sports, music, business, nutrition, exercise, actors, etc.) and see what they have in common. What traits, habits and routines do ultra-successful people share.  

In the chapter I read this morning highlighting entertainer Triple H, it described an interesting encounter he had with Floyd Mayweather (49-0 in boxing.) 

Triple H was attending one of Floyds fights and Floyd requested to meet Triple H and his wife before the fight. The book describes Triple H as being excited to meet Floyd, but reluctant to distract him only a few hours away from a major fight. They meet, have good casual conversation, but twice when the conversation gets slow Triple H tries to leave out of respect. 

Floyd responds, "Hunter, I'm telling you: I'm just chilling watching the game." Still hesitant to stay Triple H says,  "You're not wound up about this at all?"
Floyd, "Why would I be wound up? I'm either ready or I'm not. Worrying about it right now ain't gonna change a damn thing. Right? Whatever's gonna happen is gonna happen. I've either done everything I can to be ready for this, or I haven't. 

Even the most confidence of us can overthink our performances leading up to the big moment. Hours before the first pitch, five minutes before the WOD starts, walking in the meeting room to pitch a prospective client. We start to doubt our game plan, triple check notes and over worry. If you currently struggle with game time anxiety, think like Floyd next time. Your preparation is complete. You're either ready or your not. Worrying at this point only can decrease performance. 

Walk-in confident knowing your preparation was enough and swing away.