How to Block Out Personal Problems Before a Big Event

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July 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST

Intense focus is one of the keys to becoming a champion. When preparing for huge and important events, you have to learn how to condition yourself for the task at hand and effectively block out distractions.

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A cat sits and looks at a computer next to the window of the cat cafe in New York April 23, 2014. The cat cafe is a pop-up promotional cafe that features cats and beverages in the Bowery section of Manhattan.

Top tennis star Andy Murray was said to have lost in the 2014 Wimbledon due to a huge fight he had with girlfriend, Kim Sears. During his match, he reportedly kept cursing and was clearly in a bad and disturbed mood, which in turn, affected his performance significantly.

1. Spend some time alone

Several minutes before the big event starts, isolate yourself from others by going to a quiet place where you can concentrate. Take deep breaths, think of the challenge you are about to face then focus all your energy on it. Keep your mind blank and remove all negative feelings that you might be carrying. Stop thinking about anything else and focus instead on what you are about to do.

2. Inspire yourself

Tell yourself that you are a capable and strong individual who can succeed in the task. Direct all your mental energy on the task then imagine yourself accomplishing the objective. Think positive and think of the other times that you have succeeded in other big challenges. Look in the mirror and let yourself know that all that matters now is the big event.

3. Meditate

Do some deep breathing exercises, meditate for 10 to 15 minutes and exercise visualisation techniques which will adequately prepare your mind to act on the objective. Remove all negative energy in your psyche. Put yourself in a calm state and remove all worries, apprehensions and fears. The goal right now is to succeed in the task to experience the joy and reward after.

4. Remove the source of worry

If you have an argument with another person such as in the case of Murray, he should have asked his girlfriend, coach or whoever he was arguing with to stay out of the court or sidelines. Removing them from view will help boost your intensity.

5. Practice

If you are preparing for a championship game, spend several minutes practicing to put your physical and mental focus into the game. Practicing will put your mind and body into the preparative state for the big event and remove you from current anxieties.

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A cat sits and looks at a computer next to the window of the cat cafe in New York April 23, 2014. The cat cafe is a pop-up promotional cafe that features cats and beverages in the Bowery section of Manhattan.
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