When the Pressure's on: The Secret to Winning When You Can't Afford to Lose

When the Pressure's on: The Secret to Winning When You Can't Afford to Lose

When the Pressure's on: The Secret to Winning When You Can't Afford to Lose

When the Pressure's on: The Secret to Winning When You Can't Afford to Lose

Synopsis

Do you have what it takes?

At the highest level of any pursuit, the difference between the two top performers in a contest is always mental. One holds it together--while the other falls apart. The same is true in business. Whether you are confronting a crisis, making a pitch, negotiating a deal, or facing a deadline, your mindset can give you the edge.

When the Pressure's On brings peak performance principles to the boardroom, revealing five core mental skills that enable professionals to excel while under duress:

Goal Setting --become mission-driven

Adaptive Thinking --replace negative thoughts with positive ones

Stress/Energy Management --keep your cool no matter what

Attention Control --maintain focus despite distractions

Imagery --see success before it happens

Together, the skills form the core of this complete brain-training program, which is packed with guidelines, examples, exercises, assessments, and the latest advances in biofeedback and neuroscience. By learning to harness the power of your mind, you'll achieve extraordinary results when it matters most.

Excerpt

By robert brooks brown, lieutenant general, U.S. army

desert storm had just been won in a resounding victory, and fresh from the ticker tape parade in New York City was the man who led the United States to victory, General Norman Schwarzkopf. in 1992, he visited his alma mater, the United States Military Academy at West Point. One of his key stops was a new and innovative center that was working on improving human performance. in a scene I will never forget, General Schwarzkopf sat in an egg-shaped chair hooked up to biofeedback equipment. He was asked to think about a situation that made him mad—the biofeedback readings were nearly off the computer screen. Then he was asked to think about a situation that would relax him and the readings dropped to a very low level. General Schwarzkopf clearly understood how critical it is to maintain control in life or death situations; he referred to an example of combat in Vietnam when he was a younger officer and his unit was caught in an ambush. He remembered experiencing a calm, almost like things were moving in slow motion in the middle of the chaos as he gave directions to soldiers and . . .

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