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How do you cope under pressure

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04 Feb 2016
If you haven’t already seen it, I strongly suggest you watch the video of the little boy who hiccups his way through the Australian National Anthem at a baseball game.

Seven year old Ethan Hall stood before a jam packed stadium to sing Advance Australia Fair. He had barely managed to deliver the first line when a spontaneous case of hiccups took over his performance. Despite his anxiety, embarrassment and thousands of people giggling at his recital, little Ethan soldiered on and did well to finish his adorable rendition of the National Anthem. Loud applause both on and off the field echoed throughout the stadium with players and spectators praising Ethan for his perseverance and bravery during a situation where he was no doubt under significant pressure. In the workplace, we tend to face pressure on a daily basis and how we deal with it depends on the individual. What we don’t want to do is have it affect our performance. Some will cope and some will crumble but it’s important to remain positive and focussed on your end goal.

There are many things we can do to prevent and eliminate pressure at work;

  • Make a list and prioritise what is urgent and what can wait
  • Set yourself a realistic deadline, Rome wasn’t built in a day
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help, we’ve all been there
  • Delegation is a wonderful thing, share your responsibilities, team work makes the dream work
  • Step away from your desk, get some fresh air, a glass of water, hydration makes the brain function
  • Learn from past experiences, if it didn’t work before, the likelihood is that it won’t work this time Most importantly, it’s paramount that your spirit remains high.


Next time you feel overcome with pressure, stress or anxiety at work, think of little Ethan and his courage and determination to carry on.

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