There are three simple strategies to achieve performance under pressure:
1.develop the right attitude for performance under pressure, 2.take action for performance under pressure, and 3.achieve relational performance under pressure. There are two main principles to help you control your reaction to pressure. First, you take control of yourself by taking stock of your emotions, establishing a sense of calm, accepting that you can't control everything, and using self-talk. Second, you cultivate a "success mentality" by using your emotions to your advantage, boosting self-confidence, having a "go to" statement prepared, focusing on what you can achieve, and adopting an attitude that's conducive to success. Stressful situations tend to distort how a situation is perceived. And, you need discipline to see the real picture. Discipline and one simple four steps strategy that you can follow to optimize your perception of situations. First, notice and understand your automatic thoughts. These thoughts often arise from emotional reactions to situations and may go undetected at first. Second, identify thought distortions. Common types of thought distortions include having a negative bias, blame, emotive reasoning, and exaggeration. The third step is to question whether there is any evidence for this kind of thinking. The fourth step is to revise your thoughts. This involves restating them in a more positive way, by separating them from any emotional or automatic thinking. And, I do agree, it sounds difficult the first time. But, with time this will become just another good behavior that you exhibit. The four work styles are expressives, drivers, amiables, and analysts. Under pressure, expressives can go on the offensive, drivers can become dictatorial, amiables may become acquiescent, and analysts may become excessively detached from others. There are circumstances in the workplace where interactions with colleagues can generate pressure. Reacting negatively to colleagues in pressure situations can be damaging to work relationships. And here also you will learn a four-step technique that can help you handle stressful interactions. First, monitor your feelings and tendencies toward instinctive or automatic responses. Then use a diversion to avoid being dominated by negative thoughts. Next, replace negative and distorted thoughts with positive thoughts. Finally, prepare to interact positively.