Can you summon your talent at will?
Can you deliver on a deadline?
Can you sleep at night?
Don’t be a chump and think you actually perform your best under pressure –you don’t, and neither does Brady, LeBron, and for sure, not the President of the United States!
Studies conducted around the globe clearly indicate that nobody performs better when they feel pressure. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the edge is not rising to the occasion, but rather to immunize yourself to the injurious effects of pressure so that you can perform your best. The caveat is that your best might not be good enough but anything short often takes you out of the game.
Nevertheless, if you want to do your best in life and direct it with confidence, optimism, tenacity, and enthusiasm, then two classes you should definitely take are Pressure Dynamics 101 and 102.
I can’t claim to be an expert in thermodynamics but I do claim expertise in pressure dynamics, a term I coined that refers to the forces that combine to create feelings of pressure when we perform a task, whether it is giving a presentation, making a sales call, performing in an audition, taking a test, or playing in the company golf tournament. These 5 forces or dynamics are:
- Desire for Incentive
- Aversion to negative outcome
If you understand the effect of pressure dynamics, you can regulate feelings of pressure and minimize them so you can perform your best when it matters most.
Pressure Dynamics: 101
Focuses on how and why the 5 pressure dynamics intensify feelings of pressure
- The more important you make a task you are to perform, the more pressure you will feel and the worse you do.
- The more uncertain you are about how you will perform your task, the more pressure you will feel.
- Desire for incentive: The more you want the incentive for performing successfully, the more pressure you will feel.
- Aversion: The more you fear a negative outcome, the more pressure you will feel.
- Responsibility: The more responsible you feel for the results of your task and to other people, the more pressure you will feel.
Pressure Dynamics: 102
Prerequisite: Pressure Dynamics 101
Focuses on how to leverage pressure dynamics for reducing pressure intensity. Some principles covered:
- You can reduce your feelings of pressure by shrinking the importance of the task or situation.
- You can reduce your feelings of pressure by increasing your confidence to perform the task.
- You can reduce your feelings of pressure by focusing on doing your best rather than attaining the incentive.
- You can reduce your feelings of pressure by challenging the irrational statements you associate with a negative performance outcome and affirming your self-worth.
- You can reduce your feelings of pressure by sharing your feelings.
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