The following is something I came across recently, it is by Dr. James Loehr, who is among other things, a sports psychologist. Dr. Loehr lists what he calls the "12 aspects" that comprise the ideal way to feel if you are going to perform optimally. He developed this list after interviewing hundreds of successful athletes in a variety of sports. I think it is an excellent checklist that appears to cover everything in regards to how one should feel and be prior to competition. Here goes: 1. "Physically relaxed 2.Low anxiety 3. Optimistic 4. Effortless 5. Alert 6. Self-confident 7. Mentally calm 8. Energized 9. Enjoyment 10. Automatic 11. Mentally focused 12. In control".