Intense performance anxiety threatened to derail alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s 2016-17 season. Instead, she got super proactive about managing it and won the World Cup title for best overall skier in the world. She then went on to win gold and silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Now, none of this is to say that Mikaela’s anxiety is gone; she’s just learned to manage it.
You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to identify with Olympic anxiety. You may not be performing in front of the biggest audience in the world, but performance anxiety can be intense in front of any size audience – at work, at school, on the field, on stage, anywhere you’re expected to say or do something that puts you in a position of being (or feeling) judged.
What triggers Mikaela’s performance anxiety, and how it manifests, may sound familiar to you. And the way she manages it could work for you, too…