I think we are on the same page: acknowledge that there are a lot of factors at play that we CANNOT control, are willing to work our a$$ off on the ones we can, and go for it. I also suspect that worrying/obsessing about all of those other issues is a symptom of pre-competition disorder. I try to keep my concerns steady across time, if that makes sense. That is, rather than worrying about something as a competition is getting closer, I try to anticipate those concerns and deal with them (either actually or mentally) well ahead of time. In other words, I am working on turning my potential to panic long before a competition into an asset. I am not really joking about this: I'm always planning past the current events. Knowing what I want to get out the impending competition/whatever for the future competitions/whatevers helps me to focus and concentrate on what really matters to me. I have acknowledged in other posts/threads that my capacity for stage-fright/panic is extraordinarily high. Because of that, I have had develop some pretty good tools for dealing with it and it's really only my pro who understands how bad it can be. Most people can't tell, and I've gotten to where I can suspend it pretty well on the dance floor… and then have a melt-down afterwards--which is to say that I still have a lot of work to do! My latest achievement is that I have convinced myself that it is natural to smile when I make a mistake: the result is that I got compliments on how comfortable I looked on the floor at my last comp. As an added bonus, studies have shown that smiling really does help you relax and it seems to be true. (Don't worry, I'm not smiling in the middle of a tango!) I hope some of this helps other people deal with their pre-competion issues!