“No matter how long you have played, you always get butterflies before the big games” – David James (England Soccer Player)
We all experience nervousness at some point, especially before a big game. The secret is to use these emotional feelings in a positive way to enhance performance rather than let them overwhelm us in a negative way. We can to this by focusing on the specifics of our performance and being positive in our self talk and visualization.
The best players get nervous every once in a while. I will use this extra energy to improve my performance.