Is it Possible to Perform Well Under Pressure?

Updated: Sep 7, 2018

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A recent study indicates that more and more millennials choose to quit their jobs and prioritize and focus on their mental health. This is such a relatable thing because most of us have been there. We all have been consumed by our jobs that we barely had time to stop and really think if you’re happy with what you’re doing.


I think we can all agree that nobody knows the key to performing well under pressure. If there is one, it will take a lot of practice to perfect it. However, there are some things we can remind ourselves when we are under a lot of pressure, and I personally do this just so you know.


Here are some tips to appear graceful and perform well under pressure.


LOOK AT IT AS A CHALLENGE

A lot of us get really anxious when we’re under pressure because we look at it as threatening. But if we try our best to change our perspective, and we view pressure as a challenge that we could rise above, it’s going to be much more helpful than you think. This could be a training ground for your mind to do your best even if it’s going to be hard because challenges will bring out the best in you.


TAKE A DEEP BREATH

One of the most effective ways to not crack when you’re in so much pressure is to actually pause and take a deep breath. When you’re going through a difficult situation or a stressful one, it’s important that you make rational decisions. It is impossible to make one when you’re overwhelmed. The worst-case scenario is that you’ll panic and mess up so you need to be able to calm down to be able to gather your thoughts. When you’re panicking, there’s a lot of things that go through your mind and doing the right move won’t be possible. It might sound cliche but deep breaths are incredibly helpful.


PRACTICE

The best way to not feel too pressured is to come prepared. If you have a presentation to do, it’s important to practice and run through everything first because this will help lessen any negative effects when you’re in a lot of pressure. When you’re about what you’re talking about, it is a confidence builder which will greatly impact your mood and your performance. Rehearsing how you would do something and how you will answer questions will definitely decrease the possibility of messing up.


FOCUS ON THE TASK

Sometimes it’s difficult, but truthfully, in order to perform better, you have to focus more on doing the task correctly than the outcome. If you keep thinking about how it will turn out rather than doing your job the right way you might end up losing the essence of what you are truly doing and how important it is. Focusing on what you are doing, it’s like when a writer doing excellent research that would eventually lead to an amazing article because the information is vast and credible.


Performing well under pressure doesn’t mean you are no longer entitled to think about the “what ifs” but doing the right exercises or strategies would at least give you some sense of peace when faced with tough situations. Ultimately it is up to you but you might want to really think twice if all the pressures of work consume you. After all, your mental health matters more than your dreams or aspirations.


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