Performance Anxiety: You Believe What You Say to Yourself

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Welcome to, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about easing performance anxiety by avoiding negative self-talk. You believe what you say! I’ve seen this happen so many times with performers. It’s not just in music, it’s in everything in life. Whether it’s sports, interviews, public speaking, and more. You believe what you say in your head to yourself. So if you tell yourself you’re going to bomb a performance, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, because you believe what you’ve told yourself. You really have to be careful what you say in your head before and during a performance.

You have to envision a positive outcome.

Imagine yourself at a performance. Imagine the successful outcome in great detail. Live in that moment in your head. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and meditate on that moment. Then when you are at your performance, it feels familiar. You’ve already set yourself up for success. It’s so vitally important! This can work for anything from your piano lessons to job interviews. Imagine yourself having a positive experience. Keep that projection in your head. Once you start telling yourself, “I can do this. I feel good about this.” Then you’re going to bring about a better performance.

Once you start with negative self-talk it’s a spiral that’s really hard to get out of.

Be careful what you say to yourself! It will manifest itself either positively or negatively. It’s really important in musical performances and in life itself to have a positive outlook. I Hope this is helpful for you! Thanks so much for joining me, Robert Estrin here at, Your Online Piano Resource.

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4 thoughts on “Performance Anxiety: You Believe What You Say to Yourself”


  1. Thank you Mr. Estrin for reminding us in keeping a positive outlook along with visualization. It is so easy to fall back into negative habits that have been a result of bad experiences.

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