Performing Under Pressure

performing under pressureDID YOU KNOW THATpressure adversely impacts our cognitive success?” Being able to manage pressure when it matters the most can be the game-changer in your life, but first, you have to know the difference between stress and pressure. PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most  by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P Pawliw-Fry will help you to understand how pressure affects your behavior and ways to deal with it.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE between stress and pressure?” These two words profoundly different, yet used interchangeably as if they were synonyms. As a society, we have adapted to constantly being on-the-go; never truly at rest.  However, it is important to remember that, “In a stressful situation, reduction is the goal. In a pressure moment, success is the goal.”

PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE focused on how to manage pressure in your life. The authors studied over 12,000 people, which included high school students, sales representatives; professional and Olympic athletes. They used practical and scientific approaches to determine how each person performed under various pressure situations.

ALONG WITH SEVERAL TYPES OF PRESSURE, such as time pressure and performance pressure, there are three traps, the Support Trap, the Competition Trap and the Incentive Trap which can inflict undue pressure on a person. The authors also explain the concept of “choking” and how fear, anxiety, and panic disorders also contribute to a more intense response to pressure.

PRESSURE IS AS MUCH a part of your DNA as the fight or flight syndrome. To manage and combat the effects the authors developed a series of 22 simple powerful short-term solutions to use “when you are in the midst of a pressure moment – or about to encounter one.” They also “offer long-term strategies to help you build a metaphorical suit or COTE (Confidence, Optimism, Tenacity, and Enthusiasm) of Armor.”


  • Seeing pressure as a threat undermines your self-confidence; elicits fear of failure; impairs your short-term memory, attention, and judgment; and spurs impulsive behavior.”
  • Continually confusing stress for pressure habituates, and we lose the ability to think clearly. Misdiagnosing stress as pressure reduces our abilities.”

AFTER YOU HAVE READ PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE you will be able to identify whether you are under stress or under pressure. Armed with the appropriate relaxation techniques, the 22 short-term pressure solutions and the COTE of armor you will be able to navigate through the pressure traps and handle any situation.


Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pages) . . . just the right mixture of content and pages.

Disclaimer: BONDing over BOOKS received this book from Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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