It was after practice that Billy Beane (our pro baseball player from last week) was asked to stick around to take batting practice from a pitcher they were trying out. There was no crowd, no audience, no judgement. Just Billy and the game. His coaches were all there watching the pitcher, so it really didn’t matter what Billy did. What followed was the most flawless performance Beane’s coaches had ever seen him deliver. When the pressure was off, Billy Beane played flawlessly.
Many of you are in professions that require near perfection. Surgeons, nurses, executives. If you don’t measure that medication perfectly or pull off the intricacies of a surgery just right, you are under the sharp focus of your supervisors, the patients, and often times, yourself.
Now if you and I were sitting across from each other and I asked you a question about a procedure you do every day, you would be able to tell me easily. However. what makes you a professional is your ability give the perfect answers or perform highly technical procedures while in the hot seat — perfection under pressure.
So with that being said, there is not a lot of room for failure in the medical environment. However, failure is a human side effect, and it’s up to you to find out how to come back from failure rapidly, without cutting yourself down.
So here’s the challenge: What is one element of pressure you can eliminate daily?
This won’t take away failure, but it will release some of the unnecessary pressure you put on yourself. Unecessary pressure, is fodder for failure.
This is basically saying that you already know how to play your perfect game at this point in your career. Your neural pathways, both physically and emotionally are there. Pressure decreases creativity in the brain. So what pressure or stressor can you eliminate?
If your job, spouse, or children are your major pressure points, then those are not really meant to be eliminated. However, certain aspects of them can be radically altered.
Maybe you can listen to an audio book that has nothing to do with work at your lunch break. Make sure you have a lunch break. Maybe you can have a mind-game to play when you are around people that make you nervous. Imagine someone you enjoy talking to when talking with them.
At home, in the most important environment you have, what can you do to connect better with those that know you best? Know yourself enough to know your triggers. Be humble enough to talk about it with them and then find a way to release the pressure of your triggers — even if this means going to the gym before you get home, or taking 15 minutes to decompress in the car before you walk in the door.
As one great speaker states: Hold your image!! What that means is to visualize what you want to accomplish and keep that picture in front of you constantly.