“Pressure reliever is the aim of us as leaders,” a leader recently exclaimed to me. He went on to offer quite a solid argument based on how much anxiety and sense of being overwhelmed is running rampant throughout his system. Got it. Every week in this work we call BTL, we see an abundance of anxiety. In fact, speaking personally for my practice, I see anxiety limiting performances more than any competitor or outside constraint. Is our world really that much more difficult than way back in the day? Does it seem our grandparents had it simpler and therefore easier?

Study history and you will see lots of stressors not unlike today. Life has always been hard. Fact. Way back in the day, the ancient Spartans built a team that embodied the opposite of fragility. The Spartans were antifragile as Nassim Taleb, author of the book titled AntifragileĀ would accurately describe. Spartan antifragility was built in the agog. The young Spartan boy from age 7-18 was built into a warrior. Tons of training, drills, routines, and battlefield like fight simulator turned boys into men. In the agog, these young Warriors were taught mental toughness. The leaders applied pressure and taught their young how to stand. Mental toughness is built through stress. Do not buy the modern mantra. Leaders are not here to relieve pressure. Never have been. Leaders are here to help the system transmit the tension to its rightful owner. Real. Hard. Work. Good…

The ancient and modern day elite builder does not simply relieve pressure. Sometimes they apply pressure, sometimes they relieve pressure. The aim is always to move the tension to its rightful owner. Feel free, leader, to help your team relieve anxiety, a sense of overwhelm, and a fear of anything. Stress, however, is good. Stress is defined as a challenge necessary for growth. Pressure is good – finding the right amount, from the right sources, for the right person, at the right time, is the magic of good coaching. Without pressure the performer will not peak. “Our chief want in life is someone who will make us do what we can.” Emerson. Fact.

Anxiety reliever is a good aim, leader. Sometimes you’re gonna apply more pressure, however, to achieve the aim. Leading anything is hard, friend. Stop looking for easy answers, they don’t exist. If this post makes you a little uneasy, you know my default response – good…

1 thought on “Pressure…

  1. “These things I have told you that in me you may have peace — in this world you will have trouble, but take heart because I have overcome the world” John 16:33

    Your worldview is your foundation. What is yours?

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