When you’re participating in an event, there are going to be a lot of potential distractions. People will be asking you questions, trying to get your attention, and maybe even trying to take pictures with you. You’re competing because it’s fun for you, (hopefully) and you want to get the most out of your experience. In order to do that, you want to soak up all aspects of the competition.
So, you want to be able to engage and interact with others, but you still want to remain focused and do your best.
Here are two tips
1. Make sure that you engage and soak up the experience
- If you keep your headphones on the entire event, and spend the whole time isolated…you won’t build relationships with other competitors and you’ll miss the opportunity to chat with someone who looks up to you. You might miss out on a lot of the fun and special moments that happen by interacting with spectators, coaches, media, and other athletes. It’s very important to embrace the opportunity and to enjoy the process.
2. Make sure that you remove yourself and focus on you
- If you are talking to every person who wants to interview you and ask you questions, you will get a bit distracted and potentially burnt out. If you are talking with fans, and other athletes during warm-up or important announcements, you might miss out on key information. It’s very important that you know when you need to separate yourself from others, so that you can return your focus to your game plan.
To be the best you can be during an event, you must find the balance that works for you. I encourage athletes to engage with others, but to kindly remove themselves when it’s time to focus on prep, recovery, strategy, or other important announcements.