1 December was the Elementary Christmas Concert. Fifth grade had a band performance, a series of poem reading and joined the last choir performance. The children, despite already have had some performance experience, inevitably felt nervous before the performance. Just before the performance I practiced visualisation with the students. I asked them to close their eyes, and I narrated the scenes as if they were on stage performing. (You’re walking on the stage, it’s so bright you can feel the heat of the stage lights. You stand on the stage, trying to find your mum. You’re nervous but you know you can keep your cool…)
“And you finish the performance, the crowd loves it. They clap and cheer. You have a big smile on your face. You return to the classroom, satisfied. Now open your eyes.”
The moment they opened their eyes at the end of this visualisation journey, a lot of them were visibly calmer and more at ease, that really helped them perform better.
I first learned this technique as a professional performer and later learned that professional athletes also practice this to boost performance.
Perhaps you can try it too next time you try something challenging! 🙂