The Monday Mindset: Poise Under Pressure

What such a man needs is not courage but nerve
control, cool headedness. This he can only get
from practice.
— Teddy Roosevelt

Guest Post: Chris Carlsen

Poise can be defined as the balanced distribution of energy, wherein each part of the whole system works synergistically with the other. Look no further than professional dancers and athletes for examples of poise; these individuals move gracefully in their given sport. Moreover, what distinguishes them from others is their ability to exhibit poise under pressure. For the purpose of this article, pressure is both physical and mental stress. Stressors can come in the form of anxiousness over scoring a winning goal, fatigue from competing in gymnastics for a few hours, or as is the case with many of us, the daily grind of our modern lives.

The more skill an athlete or a person has developed, the better he or she can perform during states of less or greater than optimal arousal.

 Reaching the pinnacle of any kind of performance requires a sound mind and body. The mindset of continued learning, imagination, visualization and focus during practice is what prepares you when challenges arrive at your door. It's like you've been there before!

Reaching the pinnacle of any kind of performance requires a sound mind and body. The mindset of continued learning, imagination, visualization and focus during practice is what prepares you when challenges arrive at your door. It's like you've been there before!