Have you ever imagined something so much that you start to forget if it was something that really happened, or if it was just something you imagined? That's how I overcome nerves when I compete. I agree with most people that nerves are good for competition and they keep you on your toes. But some people are so nervous that it keeps them from doing things they would like to do... like compete! I learned to visualize the competition over and over in my head, especially the parts that made me nervous. I did that so much that by the time I actually showed up to the event I felt like I had already done it before. Most people are scared of what they don't know. When you imagine doing whatever your fear is over and over, it's not unknown to you anymore. My brother always taught me when I do this to picture a girl that I thought I would never be able to beat. That's what I always did. I pictured competing against a bigger, stronger girl, and I pictured myself beating her. All the way from shaking her hand to having my hand raised. Your brain cannot tell the difference between physically training or competing and just imagining it. Without really trying, a lot of the things I do now and a lot of the person I am now, is something I imagined myself being and doing when I was younger. The imagination is amazing and not often used as we get older. I haven't experienced the amazing feeling of winning a world championship or an MMA fight yet but imagining winning these things in the past has given me the self confidence that I CAN do these things because I've already seen it happen. I look forward to fighting in my first MMA fight. Well, I look forward to everyone else seeing it. I've already seen it a million times in my mind.
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