Are you still feeling pressured? Performing well under pressure is hard in the best of circumstances. When that pressure is coming from ourselves, it can feel more intense. After all, we are our own worst enemies.

So for some tips on dealing with the pressure that comes from within, keep reading:

1. Put in a micro-focus. When you get too caught up in the big picture, it can become impossible to move forward at all. The project can look too overwhelming and insurmountable. Instead, concentrate on what you’re doing right now and watch the pressure disappear.

2. Remember that you’ve succeeded before. By reminding yourself that you’ve accomplished similar goals, you remove the pressure that is seated in self-doubt. If you did it before, then obviously you can do it again.

3. Maintain a positive attitude. By caving into negative emotions, you allow the pressure to mount to the point where you can’t stand up under it. By maintaining positivity, you then wipe out the pressure that comes from your worry and negativity.

4. Ask the important questions by tuning into your senses. When pressure overwhelms, you lose touch with what you’re trying to do or sometimes even who you are. By asking the right questions, you can restore the touchstones with reality and then focus on what you need to do. Ask things that pertain to your senses: What do you see? What do you hear? Find five blue objects in the room. Find four red, and so on.

5. Try some tunes. Studies have shown music can change your emotions. If the pressure is making you anxious, put on something that will raise your spirits or calm your nerves.

6. Slow down! High-pressure situations lead to rapid-fire decisions that tend to do more harm than good. Take a step back, breathe deeply, and put off the big decisions until you’re calm enough to make them. Just because your thoughts are rapidly moving doesn’t mean the rest of you should.

It’s not easy to deal with the pressure that we put upon ourselves. After all, we’re harder on ourselves than anyone else ever will be. But this kind of pressure is a lot easier to deal with in other ways, namely that internal pressure can be controlled through our thoughts and actions while external pressure typically can’t.

With that in mind, it’s time to quit being so hard on yourself. Let go of what you can and manage the rest so that you can perform at your best, even under pressure.

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