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How to Mentally Prepare before a Music Performance
Tips to Beating Stage Fright
By Ryan Rivera
Performers exude confidence. You can see it in their faces and hear it in their voices.
If you have attended a rock ní roll concert, you probably felt that the energy of the performance
can blow the roof off the arena. Whenever a diva belts out her signature song, people canít help
but stand and clap at the same time. When a famous guitarist started strumming the chords, the
audience had either gone still or wild in complete awe.
It is no surprise that people who have social anxiety issues or are simply shy idolize musicians. They believe that their favorite musician has never felt a pinch of nervousness. They want to be just like them Ė able to face people and be confident. No person with stage fright could pull off an amazing performance, right? Wrong! Case in point, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand and Beyonce Knowles, just to name a few.
Rod Stewart was so nervous in one of his concerts that he didnít face the audience for his first song. He sang it behind large speakers. In the middle of a live performance, Barbra Streisand suddenly panicked and forgot the lyrics. After that, she stopped doing live concerts for more than two decades for fear that it will happen again. Beyonce Knowles is really shy that she had to morph as her alter ego Sasha Fierce, so she can be the performer people admire.
Yes, famous people are not immune to stage fright. If you feel the same way before any of your performances, know that youíre not alone. Fear of committing mistakes or facing people prior to a gig can happen, whether itís for thousands in attendance, family and friends, or a school presentation. This type of social anxiety can happen to anyone, newbie or seasoned performers alike. But you shouldnít let your fears overwhelm you and stop you from doing what you love. Do not give up on your passion just because you get so nervous before you go on stage. Take your cue from these famous performers. They were able to combat their fears and so can you. How? Preparation.
Give yourself ample time to prepare. Learn whatís needed. Polish every single thing. Boost your confidence by coming prepared. As they say, practice makes perfect.
But what if after sessions and sessions of practice, you still canít stop the nerves from shaking? What if the time has come, yet you still canít get rid of the inner voices that say youíre going to ruin it or something will definitely go wrong? This is when mental preparation comes in. Getting all the needed practice can help, but having the right mindset can do a lot, too.
Here are some tips on how to mentally prepare before a performance and to get rid of stage fright.
On the day of your performance, engage in an activity that will give you a moment of silence. Be alone if you want. Find that inner place where youíre most comfortable. Go to that inner sanctuary where youíre most at peace and calm. You can also get rid of anxiety-provoking thoughts by going to the spa and getting a massage. Others do gardening, walk by the beach and listen to the soothing sound of the waves, jog a few miles, or do yoga. Try Zen meditation. Zen is a spiritual practice where one goes into complete meditation mode to achieve a clear mind. Itís about letting go of all the stress and anxiety and opening the mind for tranquility and respite. These activities mentioned are known to calm the senses, reduce anxiety and relieve tension.
2. Create imageries
See yourself entering the scene with confidence. Be the person you want to be when you get on the stage. See yourself performing in your best element. Picture the crowdís positive reaction.
3. Engage in positive self-talk
Reassure yourself in a positive way. Tell yourself that You Can and that itís going to be Perfectly
Okay. Repeat positive affirmations over and over again either out load or silently. Believe in them
and your subconscious mind will open roads for these positive thoughts, and these thoughts will stay
there as long as you continue to reinforce it.
4. Get in the zone
Some Mantras to Live By
- I am a confident person.
- I possess the abilities needed to succeed.
- I easily access my creativity in the most challenging situations.
- I am an inspirational creative source for all people.
- I am blessed to be here now.
- I believe in myself as others believe in me.
- I can do this.
- I trust in my skills.
- I say Yes to Success
- I claim this moment as my most defining.
Embrace the time with positivity. Engulf the moment with a state of true bliss. If we feel joy in our mind, we appear joyful and it will show in our performance. We become energized and our creativity is multiplied.
5. Talk to someone
Talk therapy is an effective way of letting out everything that is bothering you. When you share your fears, there is this feeling that a heavy weight is lifted from your shoulders. You can talk to a friend, a family member or a therapist. When you have someone elseís perspective, you get to see a new light or a new side of the situation. They might spot essential things you havenít because your mind is too clouded with worry. Discussions always draw out certain ways that will help you handle situations better the next time they come around.
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Generally, these steps tell you to confront your fears. Fears just hold you back from attaining success and happiness. When you face your fears, youíll realize that the worst scenario you have been harboring in your mind isnít that bad after all. You may experience failures once in awhile, but youíll survive, and the next time wonít be that bad anymore. Practice the steps, theyíll help. It may take some time before you can totally get rid of you stage fright, but youíll get there eventually. Donít be so hard on yourself. Before you know it, youíre up on that stage giving the best performance every single time.
About the Author: Ryan Rivera writes about
treatment and other related topics at www.calmclinic.com
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