There are three key take-away’s from Contant’s article: 3 Important Reasons Why Pressure is a Privilege
- Pressure makes us better
- Pressure challenges us to stay honest
- Pressure helps us engage with life more meaningfully
Read the entire article and you will welcome pressure and not run from it. Develop the winners mindset!!
3 Important Reasons Why Pressure is a Privilege by Douglas R. Conant – written on December 16, 2015
One lesson that so profoundly affected how I lead that it merits being further developed was taken from the title of a book by Billie Jean King: the lesson that Pressure Is a Privilege.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – Teddy Roosevelt
Pressure is often viewed as a negative force in our lives. Understandably so. Undue pressure can be an enormous cause of stress and turmoil. But each challenge that comes along also presents important questions that test our character, our approach to leadership, and our approach to life: Do we dare to engage in the face of such pressures? Do we have the gumption to give it our all, knowing full well that we may fall visibly short? Do we have what it takes step up to the stresses of life? It has been my experience that it is essential to find a way to respond to all of these questions with a resounding, “yes.”