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If you know you have a high-stakes event coming up, become familiar with feeling pressure and learn to work through it.
For example: If you need to give a presentation to coworkers, rather than practicing on your own, try out your speech on a couple of friends.
Whether it’s taking a few deep breaths, doing some light stretching, or having a quick phone call with someone you trust, spending your last few minutes doing something active before a big event will prevent you from spiraling into worry, so you can perform confidently.
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Craft a routine or system for getting the work done. Focus on your daily actions and carry out your plan with discipline and determination.
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When you are in a stressful situation, do not allow your mind to imagine the worst-case scenario.
Focus your mind on something positive.
The "what if" line of questioning induces panic and lets you focus on imagined situations that escalate the problem.
Focus on the facts and work on a solution.
Rebuilding confidence is not the same as building confidence.
You think you'll excel, but considering the probability of success and feeling confident is not that easy.
Framing effects happen when the same thing looks different when the context change. If you're a good student in a mediocre class, you feel smarter than if you're a good student in an elite class.
When practicing a skill that you have forgotten, you may lack the confidence to pick it up again.
However, those doubts are exaggerated. Not remembering is normal, and relearning happens faster than you may expect. Yet, you may still lack self-confidence, which will undermine your self-image and motivation.