And, if you’re like most people, you will choke. Relatively few can perform under pressure. Even highly skilled people, when under stress, will see their performance suffer.
Why is that and what can we do about it? Paul Sullivan, in his book Clutch, offers some guidance. As a former competitive athlete as well as from a career in business, I found it extremely insightful and that it rang true. Therefore, I won’t even try to masquerade the ideas as my own, but will simply pass them on.
We’re often our own worst enemy. Top performers like golfer Tiger Woods, JP Morgan’s Jamie Diamond or super lawyer David Boies out-perform not just because of greater aptitude, but because they are at their best when it counts the most.