Whenever I went on a trip, I used to pack all of my most important documents and possessions in my violin case. Wallet, passport, keys, traveler’s checks, sunglasses, music, phone, every last critical thing I could cram in would go there.
Friends used to question this practice, pointing out that if I ever lost my violin, I’d really be up a creek.
While that was certainly very true, I figured I was pretty much screwed if I lost my violin anyway, and found it much easier to focus all my energies on keeping that one super important possession safe, rather than splitting my attention ten different ways in order to keep track of ten different important things in ten different places.
Contrast that with my wife, who has been misplacing sunglasses for as long as I’ve known her (and there was even that time she accidentally flushed her sunglasses down the toilet). Sure it’s cute and endearing and all, but with her attention constantly divided between keeping track of her wallet, phone, keys, and sunglasses, the sunglasses inevitably drift to the fringes of her attentional capacity, and get left behind in the most random places.
What does this have to do with performing better under pressure?
Keep reading…I promise I’ll pull it all together eventually.