Handle Performance Anxiety Like a Boss! by Brett Yang

Most of us focus so much on battling this uncomfortable feeling that we forget why we are performing in the first place. We hear ‘performance anxiety’ and shy away from it. We try to find remedies to suppress this uncomfortable feeling in hopes that we can perform better. While this does make logical sense, I’d like to suggest a different approach to dealing with performance anxiety. 

Don't fight it, use it to your advantage. 

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Ali Soltani
Dealing with Crippling Self-Doubt by Eddy Chen

Focus on the long game. Stop worrying about whether you can learn a piece by next week. Who cares if someone gets it faster than you. Mastery is a lifelong commitment. It will take how long it takes. All we need to do is to hold onto the vision of where we want to end up, and take one step at a time. 

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Ali Soltani
2x Your Results With by Brett Yang

Recently, however, I’ve come to understand a key distinction that would help me drastically improve the effectiveness of my slow practice, and that is: to practice slowly with the anticipation of playing faster later. 

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Ali Soltani
Is Slow Practice Really Necessary? by Noa Kageyama, PH.D.

He revealed that one of the keys to his success (and building confidence as well) is super slow practice. A process of practicing in slow motion – while being fully mindful, highly engaged, and thinking deeply in real-time about what he is doing.

Incidentally, this is not a painful torturous process, but often an engrossing and gratifying one. A way in which to open up the door to many satisfying micro-discoveries that could ultimately be the key to getting a phrase to sound just so, and communicating exactly what it is that you intend.

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Ali Soltani