Until you’ve mastered your craft, you will be prone to regular and potentially costly mistakes.
It is in your opponent’s best interest to force you to make these mistakes as often as possible. They do this by applying pressure.
Pressure comes in many forms. An opponent might pressure you by manipulating your perception of the time you have (or don’t have); by raising the intensity of their own play, demanding your reaction; by raising the stakes of the play, putting more on the line; or by simply apply force through leverage they have over you.
Adapting quickly to pressure is a hallmark of a great competitor; but no-one develops an aptitude for negotiating pressure without being forced into mistakes countless times over.
It’s how those mistakes are processed which separate the good from the great.
Truly great players relish opportunities to grow, seizing them with all the tenacity they can muster.