How To Stay Calm Under Pressure - Mindful
... and to the task at hand.
Mindfulness can help you regain a sense of calm and focus your attention, so you can avoid being caught off guard by your anxiety. You can see it for what it is, and choose to direct your attention elsewhere.
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Take a moment to visualize the calm after the storm: the work is done and done well, and you’re celebrating with your team.
Positive visualization can alleviate pressure and help...
People who know their hard work will be tangibly rewarded tend to perform better than those who don’t.
Whether it’s a vacation, something you’ve been wanting to buy, or dinner at your favorite restaurant, pick a reward that will keep you going and pretend it’s already yours.
Craft a routine or system for getting the work done. Focus on your daily actions and carry out your plan with discipline and determination.
A routine can help prevent panic and distraction, allowing you to focus on the task at hand.
Most people see "pressure situations" as threatening, and that makes them perform even less well.
But, "when you see the ...
Is this high-pressure situation a good opportunity? Sure. Is it the only opportunity you will ever have for the rest of your life? Probably not.
Before an interview or a big meeting, give yourself a pep talk: "I will have other interviews" (or presentations or sales calls).
Instead of worrying about the outcome, worry about the task at hand.
That means developing tunnel vision. When you keep your eye on the task at hand (and only the task at hand), all you can see is the concrete steps necessary to excel.
As reaction to panic or stress the body pumps adrenaline, making you breath faster and certain parts of the body feel tight, that makes us prone to often incorrect snap judgments. When having that kind of response, close your eyes, take a few breaths, and take some time to consider your next action.
That buys you time to physically calm down enough to make a more considered choice.