It can sound like this (grading is due to take place very soon):
The above are a non-exhaustive selection of comments that we hear every time that we are due to conduct a grading.
The most common reason that students try to avoid the gradings is due to nervousness, anxiety or feeling a lack of confidence…
You are not alone, and this is completely normal! Everyone can experience sleepless nights and self-doubt before a grading. Even your instructors are nervous when they grade! The reason that you are nervous is because the result is important to you!
These events can trigger high levels of stress hormones and anxiety. Anxiety is a common issue for anyone having to undergo a grading for their next belt - because of the fear of failure…
You are also afraid of disappointing your instructor and being judged negatively by your peers and everyone that is watching in the viewing gallery. Your nerves can undermine your mental and physical performance, and this is why it’s so important to keep your nerves in check. Remember that negative self-talk feeds on fear.
Before any grading, always remind yourself of the following:
There is a very fine line between being anxious or nervous. Remember that nerves are completely normal! So…become conditioned to it, and don’t fear it!
It’s a simple fact that the human body has difficulties distinguishing between positive excitement and negative anxiety. The only difference is the story you tell yourself…
It’s a fact that it’s very hard to be anxious when you’re excited!
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