Performance Under Pressure

Think of high-pressure moments as a (fun) challenge, not a life-or-death threat.

Most people see “pressure situations” as threatening, and that makes them under perform. When you see pressure as a threat, it may undermine your self-confidence; brings out a fear of failure;

decrease your short-term memory, attention, and judgment; and spur impulsive behaviour. In short, interpreting pressure as threat is generally sub-optimal. Instead, try shifting your thoughts: Instead of seeing a danger situation, see a challenge.

When you see the pressure as a challenge, you focus on trying really hard and performing to your potential. Focus on what you can control, your strengths, generate positive self talk, be your own best friend, remember your hard work in training, have fun and gain perspective – all different coping strategies that might work for you – give them a try!