The best way to cope with high pressure

Last week my friend get a flat tire on the way to the airport. It was a crisis, and she missed her flight.

On the way to the airport I got a flat tire. It was an inconvenience, and I made my flight.

What is the difference between the two incidents?


If I have an important mission, I get to the airport ridiculously early. May travel mantra: "I'm bored at the airport, you panic on the highway." Therefore, I plan to surprise. Because if there's one thing I know about the unexpected, you can expect.

Tires are equal. There are traffic jams. Roads close. The unexpected happens. My girlfriend, who missed his flight, is not planning a surprise. She says: "Getting just 20 minutes from the airport, so if I give myself half an hour, I'll be fine." And it is correct – if everything goes perfectly. What does … most of the time. But last week, when the unexpected happened.

And this, if it has the usual trip to the airport was suddenly the situation is under high pressure.

In a sense, it created a situation under high pressure, is not planning a high-pressure situation. Planning paramount, because the best way to cope with high pressure – avoid the situation under high pressure.

Let me say again.

The best way to cope with high pressure – avoid it.

Look at some of the situations under high pressure are inevitable. This is only part of the manual. But a surprising number of situations under high pressure can be avoided – or at least mitigate – just zaplanavavshy them.

If you have an important presentation on Monday morning, do not wait until Sunday evening to start writing. If you think that the economy may fall, put the money in savings. If you think that the road to the airport you can get a thick tire pressure and check regularly pratachaytse air and pay yourself a lot of time just in case. After all, even if you have a great protector, you can run over a nail.

Look at all the case. Sometimes bad things. As if running a nail and get a flat tire. But if you get a flat tire, because it did not try to service the tires properly – it's you. This is a situation which could have been avoided.

If your boss comes to you and says, "Hey, Kim, you know that this representation in the Executive Committee, I asked you to give two Mondays from now Yes, I will need you to give him today at noon?" It is a legitimate situation under high pressure. But you feel the pressure, because you have had two weeks to prepare, and you put the time until the night before? To avoid this; that on you.

Thing happens. Sometimes bad things. But if you plan it in advance, it may just be an inconvenience, but not the high-pressure crisis.