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Mastering how to Perform under Pressure

Diamond DeSheilds, Heather Butler, Ashia Jones, Elizabeth Masengil

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Everyone loves having a home court advantage. Typically, it’s where we feel the most comfortable, it’s familiar, and people know and like us. We can always count on it being a supportive environment. But, being in one is not possible all the time. There will be numerous situations where we will find ourselves outnumbered, overwhelmed, and uncertain of our abilities. Nevertheless, we still have to do our best in the midst of it all. The best thing about high pressure situations like those is they allow you to find inner strength, and become dependent on yourself rather than outside sources.

In order to perform under tremendous pressure, you have to stay focused. You cannot forget your purpose and the reason you decided to embark on the challenge. Keep this in the front of your mind at all times. Additionally, you will have to take extreme measures to maintain composure in stressful and frustrating moments. There is no doubt that while you are under pressure there will be plenty of antagonist (haters) that say things to distract, disturb, or provoke to make you forget what your purpose is. Don’t fall for it or sink to their level. Being able to control how you respond when upset will prove to be an advantage over others that haven’t learned to.

Also, remember any uncomfortable feelings that you experience are temporary. These encounters are making you better and stronger. The more practice you get at this, the less likely you will be caught off guard when you have to do it again. Most importantly, don’t take opposition while being under pressure personally. Often the problem isn’t you specifically, it’s what you represent. Realize there will always be someone or something against what you stand for.

The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory….if we don’t explode.

Here’s to your next win!

Rachel Bryant Lundy