Chapter 3 – When the Pressure is High

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5 Questions to Reflect

  1. When did you last encounter a season where you felt in over your head?
  2. What strategies did you use to lead through those times? How long did it take for you to feel like you were in a better place?
  3. Think about one area of your work or life that is really challenging you… What are three small things you can do to “get after it”?
  4. For that same area for #3, in what ways do you need to “give yourself grace?”
  5. How does the understanding that high expectations make us better help you think about thriving in the 5%?

5 Tips to Thrive

  1. When you find yourself under a new level of expectations and pressure, set tangible goals and embrace the season (knowing that it is just a season as you will acclimate).
  2. Consider what could help you grow the most. Is it finding a mentor or colleague who is particularly skilled in an area? Is it reading up on all aspects of the issue? Is it starting your day a little earlier to get some of the “work” done so that you can spend the time necessary where the action is during the day?
  3. Don’t miss an opportunity to speak the vision. Ground yourself and everyone around you around what you’re doing and why you’re doing what you’re doing.
  4. Reflect on the legacy of your organization and the people who have contributed to that. Celebrate their work and find ways to incorporate their leadership and learning into the current work.
  5. Cling to the encouragers in your life. Be deliberate in spending time with people and work that brings you joy.

5 Resources to Dig Deeper

  1. BLOG: Jon Gordon – How Leaders Create and Shape a Positive Vision
  2. ARTICLE: Amy Morin – Why Successful People Don’t Crumble Under Pressure
  3. BLOG: Rachel Sugar – 13 Secrets to Performing Well Under Pressure
  4. VIDEO: Kelly McGonigal – How to Make Stress Your Friend
  5. VIDEO: Hendrie Weisinger & JP Pawliw-Fry – Performing Under Pressure