MS Dhoni’s secret to handling pressure

We feel pressure only when

· High stakes

When an event has large consequences, we feel under pressure.

· High expectations

Pressure is felt when we are expecting a postive result out of the situation

· Active

You feel the pressure when “you feel” that yours actions can change the outcome of the situation. Your “feeling” can also be wrong .

Captain Cool’s Approach

MS Dhoni is known to be calm in most pressurizing situations including 2 World Cup Finals. A thorough Analysis of his Gameplay and observations from the interviews the secret was

1. Observe

Note down the conditions of the situation, this can be the format of the exam, the marks needed to get a high grade, the expected questions, the field setting in cricket, and so on.

2. Make a Plan

Use the Observed information to make a plan to beat the situation. This plan is made much before the execution. This Plan is called the Process

3. Turn Off Self Doubt

Once the plan is ready, only focus on executing the plan without any doubts. This is what Players called Trusting the Process.

Conclusion

Whenever you are heading for a pressure situation take a deep breath — Observe, Plan and Execute.

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Aayu Kharbanda

Aayu Kharbanda

An ambitious guy trying to disrupt education industry.