Not in the mind of other people, in your own.
So the pressure comes from within.
Sure, when we look at others we expect a level of ability based on what we have seen before. If they were capable in the past, we expect them to be capable again.
But let’s look at how the perception of our own skill changes over time.
- The beginner has no talent.
- The beginner knows this.
- The other students know this.
- No one is disappointed.
Because of this improvement in skill level, it fuels more training. Even higher skill level is the result.
This cycle, rarely continues forever. There usually is a break. A holiday, an injury or some reason that the cycle of training is broken. The perception of the student is that their skill level has dropped.
Maybe it has, maybe it hasn't.
But perception is reality to the student. The intermediate level student feels the pressure to perform at the old level.
The problem is you have been hypnotized.
Your original focus on training has somehow been replaced by a focus on performance. Performance compared to that of others. The act of training has nothing to do with a comparison to other people. It can also be said it has nothing to do with a comparison to past performance.
Training is just training.
Lesson after lesson, night after night, technique after technique. Effort piled upon effort.
Who would've thought you could hypnotise yourself?
So what is the answer?
Go ... back ... to ... training.
To train means you are learning techniques and practicing in an environment that is going to challenge you.
It’s a practice.
Not a competition.
Again, who would have thought you could hypnotize yourself?