Finding your optimal “pre -event pump” or “emotional-arousal level” has a lot in common with finding that perfect amount of coffee consumption.
Here’s what I mean
- Before you drink any coffee or caffeine, you may feel groggy, unfocused, unmotivated and even disinterested.
- As you drink that perfect amount, you begin to feel focused, energized, excited but not too hyped up and ready to take on whatever comes your way. 4-6 oz is perfect for me!
- If you go overboard with your coffee consumption, you may start to tweak out a bit and feel anxious, feel like your attention is all over the place, feel sick, or feel like you can’t seem to get anything done how you wanted to. Have you ever been there? I know I have.
This same concept carries over to your arousal before an event. Without any, you’d feel bored, lethargic or even unmotivated to perform at your highest level.
With the right amount of arousal, you’ll feel ready to go, but calm and focused at the same time.
With too much, you’ll feel like you’re all over the place and may be pushing your system to overload.
You gotta find your sweet spot.