Watching athletes and stage performers play at their best, it is easy to conclude that emotion during performance is an asset. To the casual observer, top performers motivate themselves with emotion, allowing anger, frustration, and even self-contempt to light a fire and push them to new heights. If you have reached that same conclusion, you might have missed an important distinction.
Folks might be interested in reading up on the Yerkes Dodson law - studies the relationship between pressure and performance. Too much pressure (and thinking) people tend to get the "Yips".
That quote from Opera put a nice bow on your article. Great choice.
Would love to hear more about what this looks and feels like as well as roadblocks and detours that thwart the kind of flow your referencing.
I can see application to my development as a pickleball player. At my very best I am hyper focused on executing the next action. All auxiliary needs are paused & 100% of my energy is available for the next movement.
This is awesome and wish I'd read this during my Rugby career. I use to play purely on emotion, and it lead to me being an inconsistent performer. But Rugby was my passion, so the Oprah quote rings true, I just struggled to find the balance I guess.