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We Can Do Hard Things: 5 Tips to Help Students Feel Confident before the Annual Production

The Golden Feather performance is an exciting and challenging opportunity for students to showcase their performing arts talents. However, it’s natural for nerves to kick in before such a large scale event. The key is to channel those nerves into positive energy and build confidence. Here are five tips to help students feel confident and ready to shine on stage.

  1. Being Nervous Is Normal and It Shows You Care:
    First and foremost, it’s important to understand that feeling nervous is completely normal. It shows that you care about your performance. Instead of viewing nerves as a negative thing, embrace them as a sign of your passion and dedication. Remember, even the most accomplished performers experience pre-show jitters.
  2. Transform Nervousness into Excitement:
    Did you know that nervousness and excitement often share similar physical sensations? Instead of allowing nerves to overwhelm you, reframe them as excitement. By telling your brain “I am excited”, rather than “I am nervous” or “I am scared,” you can redirect those anxious feelings into positive energy (Alison Wood Brooks, Harvard Business School). Embrace the thrill of the upcoming performance and use it to fuel your confidence.
  3. The Power of Community:
    Remember that you are not alone in this journey. You are part of a supportive community of fellow performers and teachers. Seek support from those around you. Share your concerns, fears, and excitement with your friends. Together, you can uplift and motivate each other. By fostering a sense of unity, you’ll realize that you are capable of achieving great things as a team.
  4. Preparation and Practice:
    Confidence stems from being prepared. As a school, we have dedicated enough time to practice and rehearse your performance. In the final days, pay close attention in rehearsals, refine your skills, and work on any challenging sections. The more you practice, the more confident you’ll become in your abilities.
  5. Positive Self-Talk and Visualization:
    Harness the power of positive self-talk and visualization techniques. Affirm yourself with encouraging words and remind yourself of your strengths and what you have been able to overcome in the  past. Visualize yourself performing confidently on stage. This mental rehearsal can help build your confidence and alleviate anxiety.

Always remember, “We can do hard things!” You all have the ability to succeed and shine on stage. Believe in yourself and enjoy the experience. We can’t wait to enjoy the show!