Ever notice how easily toddlers tend to get distracted? A new toy, shiny object, or interesting sound enters into their awareness, and they’re off in a new direction.
Under pressure, our brains behave just like little hyperactive toddlers.
When we are faced with a stressful situation, our brain kicks things up a notch. Our neural activity literally speeds up, allowing us to think more quickly, process more information, and make more accurate decisions related to our safety.
This may be great for survival, but this heightened neurological state isn’t particularly conducive to performance or audition success.
It’s the night before an important audition, and Andrew is already feeling the nerves. He tries to tell himself that he’s ready, but all he can think of is the last audition he took, and how he crashed and burned after making a mistake on the easiest piece on his list.