#163: Power Play – Pressure

Pressure can be a good thing if you can channel it and use it to motivate you.  When you succeed in high-pressure situations, it helps to gain confidence.  But are you putting too much pressure on yourself?  If you let that pressure build up too much, it can overwhelm and debilitate you.  Pressure isn’t real – it’s something that you create in your mind based on how you perceive the situation you’re in.  Once you realize this, you can learn to control it.

How does Roberto Luongo deal with pressure?  “You just have to embrace it.  You can’t let it bring you down or tighten you up.  The way I deal with it, especially the last few years, is that I just play and have fun.  You’re not going to win every game, and you’re going to have some bad ones, but if you remain even-keeled, you get over those things quicker.”

If the pressure that you put on yourself is getting in the way of you achieving your goals and experiencing life, it’s time to change your approach.  However you act, however things turn out, you can deal with the consequences.  The only pressure you’re under is the pressure you put on yourself, because other people’s opinions do not determine your worth or how you should feel about yourself.  You are not perfect, and you shouldn’t expect yourself to be perfect.  Everything will be okay, whatever happens.

Game Plan:  Here are some tips for controlling responses to pressure:

  • Do things for yourself, and not for other people. Don’t give others control over your sense of worth or the decisions that you make.
  • When you know that you’re prepared and believe in yourself, all you can do is your best and know that it is enough.
  • Focus on what you are doing right now, not the result or what may happen in the future.
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection. It’s okay to make mistakes under pressure, as long as you recover well and learn from them.
  • Believe in yourself, no matter the situation.
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