You are standing close for that moment when the challenge is about to start; your test, a big fair, contract negotiations or sales deal you have been preparing for so long. You looked with criticism at your performance, made improvements, gained new skills or knowledge, tested these in other settings and tweaked yourself if needed. All that to be well prepared, you are fit, determined and ready to go or are you? The same applies to teams, all year preparing for the final hurdle, the big test, launch of the prototype, or something similar that required a significant amount of preparation and dedication.
What to do?
To both individual and team, I want to give the following advice.
- First of all, if the pressure gets too big, rely on your basic skills, in other words: make it easier. Make it simpler what you need to do and prevent yourself from increasing the stress even more. Also, rely on your colleagues, they prepared just as well as you did. Trying to control them will only make it more difficult for everybody involved.
- Secondly, in whatever you are doing, have fun!. Relax, do what you prepared for as well as you can, and concentrate on your assignment. If you can keep focus, you will enjoy yourself and perform well. Remember, your opponent has to do the same too.
- Thirdly, and this is sound advice from an expert in the field. Say you are excited rather than nervous. Simon Sinek explains why in the video. Embrace the tension that is part of the competition.
Have fun, be excited and concentrate!