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What is performance enhancement?

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Performance enhancement means mentally improving upon the way you currently perform. It doesn't necessarily mean that you are doing something wrong or performing inappropriately. It means that you'd like to increase your knowledge and skills to improve what you currently do. For example, you are really good at recognizing your pre-performance anxiety and have found that taking three deep breaths upon that recognition helps decrease your anxiety level. Performance enhancement helps enhance that level of knowledge and understanding. For example, performance enhancement can help clarify how much pre-performance anxiety is too much anxiety, and what other skills may be appropriate besides three deep breaths to decrease the anxiety. In this situation, performance enhancement can also help athletes determine when else the athlete may be experiencing anxiety, what it feels like, and how the athlete may decrease that as well.

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