You know when you are under pressure to perform? Others are expecting you to step up to the plate and take a lead or they’re heavily criticising your proposal whilst you’re presenting to them or you’re facing a deadline you are horribly aware you aren’t going to meet? You’re likely to be in a highly anxious state. I bet your anxiety is around 9/10. You know, you have sweat stains under your arms, the dry mouth, the shaking knees and especially the held-in breath and your mind goes completely blank.
What’s the remedy? Just relax. Counter-intuitive, I know – and very easy for me to say. However if you keep practising deep relaxation or mediation every day, you bring down your background tension so when you are really under the cosh, the anxiety doesn’t rocket up as high and you can still think clearly.
Several years ago when I was Regional Director of The Athena Network, I met this lady. Nicola was a fellow RD, quiet, confident, petite and blonde. Since then I have seen her grow in success and status. Nicola Menage is a powerful and effective public speaker, business coach and hypnotherapist.
Here, Nicola gives a wonderful description of how to slow everything down and breathe. Breathing in a connected, steady way will stabilise your body and bring down any tension. It helps release endorphins, the feel-good hormones. This is a great exercise to keep you steady and ultimately comfortable and confident to manage the pressure pro-actively.
Being put under pressure is your golden opportunity to demonstrate your leadership potential. Use it.