Imagine a lacrosse player who is struggling with making mistakes in the game recently.
When the ball comes to her, she finds that she tightens up and can’t seem to play like she normally does, which leads to turnovers, errant passes and passive play. She feels anxiety rise in her as the play comes her way knowing all eyes will be on her. In practice, the athlete starts to make mistakes when the coach is watching her too, as she’s worried about losing her position.
The coach says she needs to focus more if she wants to keep her position. This makes her even more anxious and the athlete tries to remind herself to focus more. She also tries to play more aggressively. No matter what she does though, it just seems to create more mistakes.
What might you do if you were this player?