Master The Power of Pressure To Change Your Life

What I learned about how under pressure can be a fuel for high performance

Victor Mong


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Nobody performs better under pressure. Regardless of the task, pressure ruthlessly diminishes your judgment, decision-making, attention, dexterity, and performance.

But is it possible you can transform pressure into a force for good and use it to change your life?

When you’re running out of time to meet a target and there’s so much to lose, pressure can trigger your mind to think faster and come up with solutions to a problem.

Each one of us responds to pressure situations uniquely. But how you choose to deal with it will depend on the value you place on the issue at hand. Thomas Carlyle once wrote, “No pressure, no diamonds.”

I recently came across Dane Jensen’s The Power of Pressure: Why Pressure Isn’t the Problem, It’s the Solution and started reading it.

In the book, Jensen noted that pressure isn’t just a nasty by-product of life, it’s an essential input into high performance.

“A life well-lived requires pressure,” he asserted.

I was taken aback by this assertion because all my life, I have been taught to avoid pressure.

If you want to stretch yourself, grow, and see just how much more you can do with your life, thinking about and properly managing being under pressure can have a huge impact on your success.

What it means is that instead of trying to avoid pressure, it’s much better to see a pressure situation as an opportunity. And Jensen’s book provides a framework on how to do that.

Why? Because according to him, “pressure has patterns, and those patterns repeat.” In other words, once you learn and understand those patterns, you can use them to your advantage.

What creates pressure? Or how do pressure situations come about?

Pressure is created when you have an urgent need to do something or achieve a target. It’s not just stress or fear.

Our body usually defaults to a panic mood and this robs us of the very abilities that can most help us to effectively respond to the pressure.



Victor Mong

I write about human potential, building a life you want & mastering your mind ||