Delivering under pressure

June 26, 2017


Sumo wrestlers start at a very young age, often training their entire lives to move up the ranks as the sport is entirely based on results. Sumo wrestlers are amongst the most regimented and disciplined athletes in the world based on where they live, eat, train and sleep. And often, they only have a matter of seconds in the ring to perform at their absolute best.

Internal pressure has 3 sources: (1) activities that have an important outcome, (2) activities that lead to an uncertain event and (3) activities that are judged by others. While under pressure, our brain and body will undergo a series of chemical and hormonal responses which shape our cognition, emotion and behaviours. As a result, we may not be able to think critically, recall memories easily, nor perform optimally.



1) Become aware of your pressure triggers and how you respond 


2) Accept that you are entering a ‘pressure moment’


3) Shift your mindset from crisis to opportunity thinking


4) Focus on how to solve / deal with the situation 


5) Capitalize on the increased hormones + neurotransmitters — eg: adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin


6) Get excited to share what you have been preparing for 👊💯

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