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Those are important slip-ups to note, but the study participants didn’t just write about the logistics of their failures. They also wrote about how falling short made them feel.
When you underperform, journaling about the facts and your emotional reactions can prime you for success, says DiMenichi. This type of expressive writing desensitizes you to the stress of the challenge, so the next time you step up to the starting line you'll be calmer and your body will release less cortisol.