Neither approach is conducive for high performance and will prevent you from achieving a winning mind-set.
Failure is a perceived threat and you are biologically designed to deal with a threat in a certain way, often referred to as Fight, Flight, Freeze. When you see a threat you will either aggressively attack it, be frozen to the spot by fear or run away.
A key player in this is the amygdala in the brain. The amygdala is involved in processing strong emotions such as fear. It has been essential to your survival. You will instinctively respond to fear and protect yourself. which could be your ego.
Great athletes and business leaders are able to stay present in the moment, maintain clarity and manage the mist
Unfortunately this amazing defence mechanism isn't always useful and can manifest itself as completely irrational behaviour. When this type of stress occurs your breathing and posture will change. It is likely that you are unaware of these changes happening to you in real time and as a result it will also create either the ‘white mist’ or ‘red mist’ clouding your judgement and decision-making.
Whilst this has been integral for our survival it is not useful in the boardroom or on the sports field. Great athletes and business leaders are able to stay present in the moment, maintain clarity and ‘manage the mist’. They are able to keep things in perspective and stay calm under pressure.
For more information on the four steps and how they have helped many athletes and leaders learn to manage their emotions and achieve better performance call Winning Mindset Consulting on +44 1892 535 432