Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Do you work better under pressure?

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Are you one of those people who says, ‘I work better under pressure’ or ‘I get my best work done when I’m facing an urgent deadline’?

Don’t be fooled.

We all find the adrenaline rush that comes from being right up to the wire can bring out the best in us, but it is a deceptive best.

Last minute pressure forces you to focus, and that IS a good thing, but unless you have done the groundwork and preparation, you have nothing to focus on.

In business you find three types of people:

The ones who do things so far in advance that they are stale by the time they have to perform.

The ones who leave every job until the last minute and then wonder why nothing goes well.

The ones who SEEM to leave things until the last minute, but in actuality have spend the longest time researching, planning and mentally preparing.

The last group are the ones who tend to be successful. Their presentations are focused, interesting and cover all the important points. Their reports are complete. Their work is consistently to a high standard.

But people who haven’t observed their modus operandi make the mistake of thinking that they have left it all until the end.

These people are like icebergs. The flurry of activity that you see masks the 90% of concentrated effort that they’ve made to ensure that the 10% at the end is totally on track.

Too many folks rely on their brains to jump into a higher gear as panic sets in, but you know what happens if you put a car into a higher gear when the engine isn’t running fast enough … it stalls.

So next time you have a big job looming, don’t stall in the final straight. Start thinking, taking notes, doing research right now. Build up speed in your engine so that when the time is right you’ll be able to switch on overdrive and fly past your competitors.

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