Tools for Performing Under Pressure

Pretend it doesn't exist, the pressure that is. Would be nice right? After all, what is pressure? According to "Pressure is defined as the physical force exerted on an object." If that is true, the physical force when performing could be defined as the moment. To better understand lets take a look at some of the all time greats who have performed under pressure.

Icon and Red Sox all time great David Ortiz or "Big Papi" became known for his standout clutch performances. Dating back to 2004 when Big Papi had back to back game winning home runs in the playoffs against the New York Yankees. Also in 2013 David Ortiz batted a whopping .688 ! Talk about performing under pressure!

On the other side of the coin a great example is Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera. This former New York Yankee made a career in coming in during big moments and absolutely closing the door. According to, "Mariano is the greatest closer of all time. It is not even a debate." They go on to mention his 35 saves in over nine different seasons. But, how is he able to execute in such pressure situations?


1. Sensible Lifestyle

  1. Having a healthy diet, avoiding toxins like alcohol, and getting a enough sleep can help put the body and mind in a state of balance.

  2. Understand that stress off the field can lead to heightened stress or a lower threshold during times of performance.

2. Manage Your Response

a. Stress under pressure is a natural response. Often times the best way to deal with it is to recognize it and implement tools and strategies that can help. Breathing is a great first step. Deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth.

b. When the moment is speeding up, it is important to bring yourself back down to what is going on right here, right now. A great way to do this is to pick something up and focus on it. A great objective on the diamond is the foul pole. Looking at this and slowing things down by breathing can really put yourself back in a state to perform optimally.

3. Learn New Techniques

a. Constant development and research are essential to find the best strategies that work for you. One of the biggest helps can be reading or listening to empowering audio programs. One of the best programs I have found for audio books is through Audible. They have thousands and thousands of programs and if you use this link you can get started with your first two books absolutely FREE. I would highly recommend getting started on this program and train your mind to be bulletproof.

So, what are you waiting for? With all the tools and information you need, it is time to execute. Get out there do some research and find a game plan that works for you. With these tools plus a resilient work ethic and discipline the sky is the limit!

Robbie C.

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