Performance anxiety is common in all fields where performers care about the outcomes of their performance. Before a big game, baseball, football, and basketball players may experience performance anxiety. The actor or actress before the play starts; the trader facing a volatile market–all can find that their stress levels get in the way of their performance. Performance anxiety occurs when we become so focused on the outcomes of our performance that we no longer stay in the natural flow of performing. It happens to golfers, it happens in the bedroom, and it happens to many traders.
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