Meeting Deadlines the Positive Way: Part II

7 Mar

Step 1– DEALING WITH THE EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF PRESSURE

 The first step in managing pressure involves learning to identify the underlying sources that cause pressure. When pressure stems from a deadline, the underlying cause is fear of failure to live up to a set of expectations within a given time frame. Such pressure is a natural consequence of recognizing that the amount of time or resources available may not be sufficient to complete the job on schedule, and the active word is “fear.” When we are afraid, a number of physiological changes may occur in’ our bodies, including the constriction of blood vessels, an increase in heartbeat rate, a decrease in blood supply to the brain, tightening of muscles, dilation of the pupils-to name a few.

If these effects continue at this elevated state for a prolonged period of time, performance may deteriorate, even though we continue to push ourselves. After all, we are going to meet this deadline…even if it kills us! For these reasons, it is important to be aware of the signals that your body produces and get yourself back to an “optimal level of performance” by using Bright’s Breathing Quick Charge.      

Bright’s Quick Charges are easily implemented techniques designed to help users perform at their best when a difficult situation demands it.  They are instantly effective, giving their users a “boost” that helps them through high-pressured moments—but even better, they are undetectable by anyone but the person using them.  They are like a “secret weapon” working to keep their user in control of a situation.

 Bright’s Breathing Quick Charge is an effective technique that can be used instantly for controlling the mounting pressure of an approaching deadline:

  1. Inhale deeply and smoothly.
  2. Hold your breath for three or four seconds.
  3. Exhale slowly and evenly while imagining a wave of calmness that spreads throughout your body from head to toes.
  4. Repeat the above steps a few times, if necessary. Each time make sure you relax all of the muscles in your body while exhaling.

It’s important to “stop” and ask yourself:  at what level does this task need to be completed?  Remember, you have some control over setting the performance expectations around a particular task. Not all tasks need to be perfect- but all tasks when completed need to add value! 

 When practicing this technique, it’s important to exhale very slowly and evenly, preferably through your nose. During the exhalation phase, remember to relax your muscles starting with your head and ending with your toes. Besides feeling more physically relaxed, you’ll immediately notice that you are able to think more clearly. Greater clarity of thought is linked to the additional supply of oxygen being transported to the brain. Don’t be embarrassed with using this technique. It expands and improves upon the familiar “sigh.”

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