In the last post we talked about how exponential technologies are creating a need for rapid learning. Today’s topic is about how top performers manage their emotions and remain calm under extreme pressure.
Here’s the problem: Most people walk around in a low level state of anxiety. This constant anxiety clouds our judgment and stops our ability to develop as top performers. Research shows that consistent anxiety causes degradation of the area of your brain that controls willpower and self-control.
It gets worse.
When placed in stressful situations our nervous system kicks in; all learning stops and performance plummets. Worst of all, in high pressure situations we panic and we stop being the best version of ourselves. This is especially frustrating when you are used to performing at a high level.