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This phenomenon is not isolated to any one domain and can be experienced within our sporting activities, recreational pursuits, career, walking into the gym or any other environment in which our results have meaning to us.
When left unchecked it can lead to negative emotions, thoughts and self-talk and has been shown to be associated with self-sabotaging behaviours or underperformance. We can also lose awareness of our true intelligence, creativity and strengths we bring to the specific environment.
However, more recent evidence has shown that these feelings of self-doubt may not be as negative as we allow ourselves to believe and may actually serve us in a positive fashion. This is due to the fact that feeling anxious about our performance means that it is important to us, which can lead to increases in our motivation to perform well, work harder and endure through difficulty to complete our desired task.
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