September 8, 2006.
Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure.
How do you deal with pressure? Now Im not talking about the nervousness you feel when thinking about the exam you are going to take later this week or fretting about whether or not your car is going to start in the morning. Nor am I talking about the anxiety you feel over getting that raise at work or landing that new position you really desire. Sure, these situations have some stress and strain related to them, no doubt about it. But theyre not the real deal when it comes to full-strength pressure.
The pressure I am referring to is not your day to day, namby-pamby version of lifes daily demands. Rather, I am talking about palm sweating pressure that can shatter your nerves, crush your will and knock you to your knees if allowed to do so. Pressure that comes at you full force, in life changing, break or be broken moments when everything is laid on the line.
The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man.
When Richter scale sized pressure relentlessly pounds at your door, what do you do? Do you tie yourself up into a bundle of knots, barely able to keep your knees from knocking or do you keep your head and keep your cool as well? What you do, when it really counts, makes all the difference in the world you get to live in.
If you are quick to lose your composure or easily come unglued when problems rattle your cage, chances are pretty good you tend to react in the heat of the moment. By flying off the handle or running for cover the moment you come face to face with a pressure packed predicament, you end up adding even more heat to the pressure cooker. Then, before you know it, youve cooked your own goose.
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension, and discipline are taken out of your life.
James G. Bilkey
On the other hand, if you typically stay in control when adversity smacks you right in the chops, chances are good that you are an individual who generally responds to problems when they occur. By staying cool, calm and collected, even when the heat is turned up past the boiling point, youre better able to focus on finding a way around, over or through the obstacle placed in your path. Responding rather than reacting is the name of game when dealing with pressure.
Think about it for a moment. Lets say youre not feeling particularly well and the doctor prescribes some medicine for you to take. If your body responds to the medication, chances are excellent that youll be up and around in no time at all. However, if your body reacts to the prescription, you can actually end up worse off than before you took the medicine. The same principle applies to daily life.
I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.
Mary Lou Retton
The key to handling the most demanding pressure youll ever encounter is to condition yourself to respond to the moment at hand. Easier said than done, but done it must be if youre ever going to stake your claim to the best life offers up. This kind of power packed conditioning, where you dare to stare down even the most difficult of times, doesnt occur by chance or circumstance. After all, our primary instinct is steer clear of lifes most demanding of moments. When the going gets rougher than rough, our gut feeling tells us to get going and get out of the way as fast as possible.
Thats why conditioning yourself to stand firm and stick to your guns, even when the pressure is turned up full throttle, is so vitally important. By refusing to back up or back down, even when others around you have abandoned the ship, youll discover an indefatigable inner strength that defies words.
No pressure, no diamonds.
This personalized power source, which each and every one of us possesses within, can turn down the pressure while turning on our creative genius. Instead of wasting your time reacting to problems, you can effectively use your energy and talent to respond to the issues presented.
Hey, dealing with pressure is never a walk in the park. Im certain that theres at least a thousand things youd rather do than go toe to toe with lifes big time pressures. But go through them you must, right through them, if you're ever going to achieve your destiny on earth. Please remember this: you have more than enough strength to power through anything life tosses your way. And never forget that its pressure that turns a lump of coal into a diamond and it can do the same for you. Just keep working on your response' ability and everything else will take care of itself.
The Bottom Line: By conditioning yourself to respond the minute you start feeling the heat, youll take the steam out of lifes biggest pressures.
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