If I only ever managed to write one blog post, this would be it: the essential message that I desperately want every performer to hear...
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The Mindful Performer was born out of my sheer frustration and incredulity that performers are not taught the essential mental skills for peak performance. So many performers suffer in silence from performance anxiety, low self confidence and insufficient focus and concentration whilst proven, effective and achievable techniques are readily available.
As a young opera singer I was a perfectionist, I was constantly comparing myself to others and always fixating on my weaknesses. Sure, I was doing well, but I was not enjoying performing and I knew if I continued on that path I’d burn out before I ever succeeded.
So I embarked on a journey that ultimately lead to an entire career change! My mission was simple, I wanted to know:
What makes some performers more capable, stronger, resilient, successful and happier than others?
Ironically, I was always very skeptical about mental preparation - visualisation, affirmations, meditation - this was like talking about fairy dust to me! Any solution would have to be scientifically proven, and specifically targeted to performance excellence if it were to win me over!
I thought my nerves, fears and insecurities were just something I had to put up with, so I was astounded to discover a wealth of knowledge to manage anxiety, improve self-confidence, increase focus and concentration, set effective goals, and even improve motivation, courage and resilience!
I wanted to scream: Why has nobody taught me this?
There are two messages I now desperately want every performer to know: