“If you trust your nerve as well as your skill, you’re capable of a lot more than you can imagine.” Debi Thomas, Olympic figure skater
DR. G’S COMMENTS: The interesting thing about you as an athlete and an individual is that you never really know what your limits are performance-wise. Simply put, you can always do better than you think, you can always do better than your best. When you are able to both relax and trust yourself under pressure, it is then and only then that you begin to catch a glimpse of exactly what you’re capable of. Peak performance can only happen from this state of personal trust. When the chips are on the line you must trust your ability, trust your training, trust your instincts, reflexes and nerve, and let the good performance effortlessly flow out of you. If you relax and trust yourself, then you will never wilt under the hot lights and high heat of competitive pressure. Where do you develop this sense of trust? Simple! You earn it from the physical dues that you pay every day in your training. Trust comes from hard work, plain and simple. Without consistent hard work on your part it’s virtually impossible for you to trust your skills or your nerve when the chips are all on the line.