What level of expectations should a bowler have about their next tournament? It’s fine to have high hopes, but what can they really expect? Much like goals, this depends on the specific type of expectation you set for yourself.

Results-based expectations can cause anxiety if they are higher than a bowler really believes they can achieve. On the other hand, lower expectations about the results can free up the mind to stay in the present and focus on performance.

Performance-based expectations are different. They are about a bowler holding themselves accountable to a high standard of execution, making good decisions, and using their mental tools effectively. In short, having high expectations for yourself is about controlling what you can control. No one is perfect, but you try to live up to high performance ideals.