There are two types of pressure. The pressure that comes in the moment of delivery and the pressure that comes after the event when we have to deal with the consequences.
I’m a big fan of the England Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward. One of the things he talks about is TCUP which stands for ‘Thinking Correctly Under Pressure’. Whether in the last minute of extra time in a World Cup final or during that difficult moment at work, we all have the opportunity to maintain our grace under pressure.
The difficulty is that in those particular moments, our emotions take over and we rely on instinct. So how can we overcome those urges? The simple answer is practice and practice over and over again. By role playing through scenarios in advance and hard-wiring our responses, we can adapt our instincts in the right way to get the most from those situations.
So what about after the event?
Whether we’ve been victorious or otherwise there is still the pressure to act in the right way. In this I am reminded of lines from the Rudyard Kipling poem “If”.
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same”
The easy thing to do would be to react to the situation. In victory to over celebrate, or in defeat to sulk and throw a tantrum.
We all have emotions, things will happen to challenge us, but we can always strive to show grace under pressure!