How do you deal with stress and perform under pressure daily? Have you ever felt that there’s not enough time in a day to get done what you need to get done? Maybe you try to go after your daily tasks, but you always feel like you’re under much pressure? You feel stressed out because as soon as you finish something, there are still more things piling up. You’re not alone- most people are stressed out because they are playing catch-up. They can’t focus on the crucial things today because they try to fix the mistakes from the day before. Does this sound familiar? If so, then this is the article for you.
You try to catch your breath and ask yourself – When is this going to end? But the truth is, when you’re running organization or a group of companies, there will always be more problems. There’s always another project, always many initiatives going on at the same time. When you’re running a business, this is the way that it is. People often ask Dan how he handles stress and how doesn’t feel under pressure. He always answers stress is a part of human experience – but he does things that help him cope with stress successfully. He does things that help him manage all his tasks, so he is still able to perform and function on a high level.
Even under pressure, he manages to keep his cool and get things done. Today, we want to give share with you some of the strategies for dealing with stress and pressure in a better way.
1. How do you deal with stress and perform under pressure while being a perfectionist?
You see, often, we want everything to line up perfectly so that we won’t make a mistake. The problem is when you are focusing on being perfect that usually slows down your progress. You’re chasing something that doesn’t exist. In business, whatever you do, any project and initiative you work on – you will have to tweak it. No business plan fails on paper. On paper, everything sounds good. Yet, as soon as you execute it, you need to adapt the strategy. You see to adjust and improvise and fix things. This is because you cannot predict everything in your perfect strategy.
Sometimes you need to stop a project altogether, even if you believed in it, it could turn out that it simply doesn’t work in practice. Having the flexibility to pivot is very critical. How do you stop letting perfectionism get in the way? Value progress over perfection. You don’t have to get it right. You just have to get it going. As long as you are moving forward, you can be okay with making some mistakes.
You can be okay with not getting it perfect. Business and life are not about being perfect, they’re about learning and growing. If you’re perfect, you can’t grow anymore. Do you want to live your life without working on anything? Perfection means that every change you make will make the result worse. It’s like standing precisely on the north pole. Every step you take will lead you more down south. Every step you would make from perfection makes the result less perfect.
Perfection takes away your purpose in life- if nothing you do improves something, why would you do anything at all? So focus on improving, be grateful for the progress, and enjoy the journey.
2. Script your day
How do you deal with stress and perform under pressure without being organized? Imagine being a performer and performing in front of a large audience at a theatre. Would you just go out there and say whatever you want or do whatever you feel like? Probably not. You will rehearse everything that you do because the entire performance follows a script. So why not do this with your day?
But scripting doesn’t mean just scheduling your day. There is a difference between scripting your day and scheduling your day. Look at your calendar: Do you have a lot of other people’s agendas on there? If yes, most likely, many of those things are simply distractions. This is why scheduling doesn’t work. Try scripting instead.
Scripting your day means that you are like a performer. You’re running your business and pursue your career, and just like a performer, in the end, you want success, be it a standing ovation at the end of a show or financial success. In the end, the audience (your customers) should enjoy what you give them and they should applaud you (pay you) for your performance.
So, block out what you need to do throughout the day. The things that are crucial, you should include in your calendar. This way, others cannot put something on your agenda if you don’t want them to. Your lunch, exercise, a project you are working on- block it in your calendar. By time-blocking like this, you protect your time because time is your most valuable asset. Ask yourself: What is my return on time invested, my ROTI?
This will help you stay on track and stay focused. If you’re focused, you do important things first and don’t let distractions take over.
3. Write out what stresses you
You may or may not have encountered different techniques to deal with stress. But despite that, you might still ask: How do you deal with stress and perform under pressure? Dan’s wife, Jennie, was once working on a project for Dan. Despite being with him for so long, she felt overwhelmed and stressed out with her deadline. You might think she, of all people, should know how to deal with this kind of stress, right? Well, she too is a human.
Stress can sneak up on the best of us too. What Dan showed Jennie is something that was useful to our team and might be useful for you too. He told her to write out everything that stresses her out and put it right there – on paper. You can do this now as well. Write down everything that you feel pressured by so you can see it in front of you.
If you only have those things in your head, you might feel overwhelmed. But once you see them written out, you might realize that you only have a few things to complete before a deadline. If you do this, you will realize that the closer you are to your deadlines, the more you think you have to do. But after writing it out and grouping things, you might see what comes first. Suddenly, from a hundred things to do there are only two or three left.
Can you see how this is less overwhelming? You might even realize that you can do certain things much later or don’t have to do them at all. What you need to do all depends on how critical those things are to your project.
Choose the most critical project to complete first. Then eliminate from your schedule what is not essential to the project’s success. Bottom line: Don’t keep things that stress you in your head. Write them out and figure out what you need to do right now.
4. Stay in the “Genius Zone”
If you ask high performing people: “How do you deal with stress and perform under pressure?” they often mention “the zone.” This state of mind is also known as the flow. Interestingly, this zone is a quite natural thing to be in. But most people don’t focus on their brilliance. They work on their weaknesses only. There is nothing wrong with that if you want to improve something about yourself or your performance, yet, if you want to get rid of stress, you’ll need your strengths more.
If you only focus on improving your weaknesses, you will have mediocre strengths but no outstanding ones. We are all better skilled at certain things than in others. You might be great at your job, but not so much at doing your accounting. Every minute you waste on something you are not good at is a minute you are not spending in your genius zone.
Imagine what you could accomplish if you could just focus on your most significant strengths all day? Successful people often delegate things that less successful people still do. Successful people often have a cleaner, a gardener, or a driver, for example. They don’t do cleaning, lawnmowing or driving themselves. They can focus on high-value activities that bring in more money than doing other things.
If you try to do everything yourself, you focus too much of your mental bandwidth on your weaknesses. That’s holding you back from being more successful. Instead, train your strengths and become the best in what you do best.
5. Build A Powerful Skillset
How do you deal with stress and perform under pressure while struggling with your income? In most cases, you don’t. And nobody would hold it against you. You see, stress and pressure exist, because the challenge is bigger than your skill. We talked about flow before, but how do you get into the flow?
In laymen’s terms, flow happens when your skill level matches the challenge level. If you feel overwhelmed, you can either lower the challenge or increase your skill. Both are an option, but if you get used to reducing challenges, you will get bored after a while. It’s like playing chess against a complete beginner while being a master yourself. At first, you might feel powerful and mighty, but after a while, you will get demotivated by the lack of challenge.
But if you instead seek out players stronger and better than you, you can enjoy the thrill of a challenge. The thrill of growth and a purpose to become better. There is another advantage of building a powerful skillset. Ask yourself: How do you deal with stress and perform under pressure if you have to deal with a lot of different challenges?
You learn skills. Every challenge is only as hard as your lack of skill. To someone who can’t drive, even the first gear seems overwhelming. But to an experienced race car driver even high speeds are no issue. But there is still a limit. Having only one skill will lock you down to one path of thinking. One approach to problem-solving. How do you make sure to be able to deal with more complex situations?
Why Multiple Skills Pay Off Greatly?
The answer is stacking skills. Stacking skills means that you learn multiple skills that support each other. For example, if you learn graphic design, it might be useful to also learn how to build websites. If you stack skills, you can increase your value and growth exponentially. The more you know, the more you can apply your skills in different circumstances.
For example, if you learn Karate, you can punch and kick people. If you now learn Judo, you can throw people who are stronger and heavier than yourself. Stack this with Grappling, and you will be able to defend yourself on the ground as well. Now you will be a well-rounded fighter and can adapt to different opponents. Bruce Lee once said: “The best style is no style”. He meant don’t only to stick to one method of doing things. Don’t only stick to one skill.
If you can bring a rich pool of skills to the table, you can adapt and solve problems that others can’t. Solving bigger problems will increase your value in the marketplace and, therefore, your income. Stack skills and make more money because you can create more value.Money is a byproduct of value creation. Click To Tweet
But there is a class of skills that are more powerful than others. They allow you to generate significantly more income, are recession-proof and high in demand. What are they?
The Power of High-Income Skills
Now, which skills can you develop? We know there are thousands of skills like painting or martial arts. But especially in these times, we recommend you focus on a specific group of skills: High-income skills. A high-income skill is a skill that can possibly make you $10.000 a month. What can be examples of such skills? Coding, funnel building, consulting, or public speaking – all bring high value for a high price.
Now you might say: “What about doctors and lawyers?” Yes, they possess a skill, but this skill is only valid in their profession. If the doctor wants to reinvent themselves and be a gardener, for example, the medical skills are of no use. We call this having a high-income job. This job pays you a minimum of $10.000 per month as well, but it’s not transferable. High-income skills are usable in almost any industry without the need for extra training.
What does this mean for you? Maybe you got laid off from your job, or your business got severely hit by the crisis. If you are looking for a crisis-proof extra income stream without joining MLM’s this might be for you. You also don’t have to deal with dropshipping or try to set up an agency. What we are talking about is a business model that needs no money to get started and is in higher demand than ever.
The High-Income Skill Above All
Now, there are many high-income skills you can learn, like funnel building or coding. But there is one skill that you can do with only your smartphone and is needed to make all the others work. What is that skill? It’s called High-Ticket Closing. It’s the ability to sell high priced services on the phone. Can you see why this is more important than ever? How will someone save their business after the crisis if they can’t sell big deals?
How can a coder make money if they can’t close someone to work with them and pay? With closing, you can do more than just sell services on the phone. Closing is a skill that supercharges your communication and is useful almost everywhere. Do you want an example? If you want to convince your boss to keep you on the payroll during the crisis, you need to close them on it.
If you want to have a date with someone, you need to close them on going with you. And if you want your family to support your entrepreneurship, you need to close them on your dream. Can you see now why this skill is so useful? Find one right partner to close for, and you can make a six-figure income while working from anywhere, on your terms.
Now, this might sound too good to be true. This is why Dan teaches a free, four-day training series. If you watch it, you can get a more in-depth insight into what the life of a high ticket closer looks like and how you can become one. You will learn how to find a partner to work with and what you need to master this skill fast. If this sounds interesting to you, join the training by clicking here, and change your life.