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Write about your thoughts and worries before going into a stressful situation. Ten minutes is all it takes!
7:51 PM Oct 20 2011

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I love these recent tweets from  @investingmom who recently attended a Harper lecture on performance.

Write about your thoughts and worries before going into a stressful situation. Ten minutes is all it takes!

Other tips: meditation works. 10 hours of meditation changes brain chemistry. Practice also closes the gap between training and competition.

Practice changes the brain even later in life.

But varied practice is really important. Jim Liu was youngest JR golf winner and didn't start until age 10

What can we do about the negativity? Intervene and figure out how to do it better next time.

Why do people choke? Malfunction in pre frontal cortex. Get: analysis paralysis.

To undo paralysis, speed it up. So icing the kicker in football is an effective strategy. Or sing a song... Defocus.

Malfunction also leads to stunted creativity. Treat it by: walking away or add a team member (two heads are better than one).

Another malfunction with stress is a lack of emotional control. We revert back to a teenage state.

Brain is most malleable early. Early musical training positively affects the corpus callosum.

10,000 hours is the magic number to achieve highest performance.

There's that 10,000 number again. ;)

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The session about how not to "choke" was terrific. The professor cited examples from real life, backed up with data, proving that the techniques above work! Try them!

Lara, are there any links to blog posts or a website where we could learn more?

We use these tips in LUXr to get entrepreneurs working more effectively, love seeing them validated here:

++to get unstuck, go faster

++pairing to solve problems (try doing bananagrams with 2 ppl collaboratively instead of solo!). We ask participants to bring a team of 3, because then you have three pairing combinations that can attempt to solve any problem. (A+B, B+C, A+C)

Also -- the trick of writing before going into stressful situation...I use 750words.com to do freewriting (now for writing the book). It's free and lightweight and designed for the purpose.

I'm going to adopt this as my mantra: To get unstuck, go faster.

Here's more techniques on how not to choke under pressure, based on a New Yorker article by Jonah Lehrer.

Competitive meditation?!? Is it televised?

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