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Performance Pressure



Any time we face disproportionate, high-stakes, or very public consequences for performing a skill—whether as an entertainer for thousands, a surgeon for a single patient, or an assembler on a production line—we are operating under performance pressure. Even though some of us thrive under a certain amount of this kind of stress, it can turn toxic when the metrics others use to judge us aren’t ones we have control over or the benchmarks for success are raised to near-impossible or unsustainable levels. Operating under high amounts of performance pressure for a sustained period of time can wear down all aspects of our well-being.

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How to Stay Calm Under Pressure—Noa Kageyama and Pen-Pen Chen

Your favorite athlete closes in for a win; the crowd holds its breath, and at the crucial moment ... she misses the shot. That competitor just experienced the phenomenon known as “choking,” where despite months, even years, of practice, a person fails right when it matters most.

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The Pressure Principle: Handle Stress, Harness Energy, and Perform When It Counts

Pressure is a constant in all our lives. The pressure to hit a deadline, deliver a speech, or cook for a dinner party. But how would life look if we could harness pressure and turn it to our advantage? Dealing with pressure is a skill just like any other.

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Playing Through the Pain

How one teen is using her tragic injury to take down the warrior culture in sports.

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FindCenterBe not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

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Simon Sinek on Training Your Mind to Perform Under Pressure

In Chapter 14 of 23 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, author and public speaker Simon Sinek answers “What Does It Mean to Perform Under Pressure in the Work that You Do?” Sinek notes how performing under pressure is the same for him as it is for anyone else—meeting deadlines, hitting...

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How to Perform Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most

Nobody performs better under pressure. The reality is that pressure only makes you do worse. But there are things you can do to diminish its effects on your performance. In How to Perform Under Pressure, Hendrie Weisinger and J. P.

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How to Make Pressure Work for You

In moderation and with the right tools, a little pressure doesn’t hurt. Here’s why pressure can actually make you more productive.

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FindCenterWisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.

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Playing with Confidence—How to Overcome Sports Performance Anxiety

So, what’s the big deal about “game day” anyway? Why do we let ourselves get so worked up about it? Instinctively, we understand what it is that makes us so nervous, but it can be hard to put it into words.

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Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball

In Ninety Percent Mental, Bob Tewksbury shows readers a side of the game only he can provide, given his singular background as both a longtime MLB pitcher and a mental skills coach for two of the sport’s most fabled franchises, the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants.

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