CHAPTER 13

Dealing With Evaluation Pressure

EVALUATION PRESSURE typically manifests itself as worry. You might worry about the quality of your work, your personal interactions in the office, or your most recent presentation or report. Worry creates a negative focus. It puts you in the mindset of looking for problems. It makes decision-making difficult, decreases efficiency, and makes you feel generally overwhelmed.

Worry does serve a purpose, though. It alerts you to problems, prepares you for action, and helps you develop coping mechanisms through “rehearsal” of the worrisome event. Worry is most useful when it leads to a successful approach for coping with pressure. At all other times, it is pointless and a waste of energy.

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