How to get good from a difficult situation

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Recently I was watching a basketball game, one of the Euroleague, in which «the locomotive-Kuban» played against the Spanish «Basque». At the end of the fourth period it seemed that we would lose because the difference was two points, and the rest of the match remained a matter of seconds. But there it was: a basketball player of «Locomotive» famously threw in the basket a three-pointer, and the Spaniards lost at one point. That’s what it means not to get lost in a difficult situation!

What distinguishes a cool dude from the usual average, so is its ability to withstand the exerted on him pressure. Instead of breaking apart under the burden of stress, these people become stronger. They do step forward and save the situation, they give confidence to others to achieve their goals and serve as an example to all.

Only a few have the destiny to lead troops or so to score the decisive goal, but the ability not to bend under pressure still no one will be superfluous. Usually you need it when a lot is at stake when the success of the business depends on you, when you need to make the final, decisive leap forward. Will raise you to the heavens or fall into the abyss?

When you were in school, homework meant nothing in comparison with the control. Wrote bad — crying all your homework, you failed. When it comes to improving how you think about it in the first place will remember the boss? Those everyday situations when you could rely on, or about the emergency cases when you fail?

Many people think that the ability not to give up and not to fail is a talent that is either there or it is not. Or that the behavior in difficult conditions was due only to luck and good fortune. However, in reality a little work and discipline you can become the go-to guy who helps out of trouble.

In order not to break under pressure, you can use a variety of techniques, which depend on your purpose and the qualities necessary to achieve it. In most cases the situation can be divided into two groups dependent on the working or procedural memory. Today we will focus on the first group.

What is working memory?

When you perform tasks that require reasoning, perception or learning, you use working memory. It allows you to keep in mind necessary information, while being occupied with something.

Working memory may need you in a stressful situation. For example, you might have to explain to the client at work, solving the problem, and simultaneously keep in mind your speech prepared for another client, with whom you will meet in an hour. You can keep in mind a lot of arguments and counterarguments in preparation for the planning meeting at work. You can talk to the person and at the same time trying to remember his name. Or when you pass the exam: you say while trying to remember anything else.

Why we fail in situations when you need to use working memory?

In principle, working memory can be improved, but when you need it at this particular moment, nothing could be done. When we begin to worry, our inner monologue is immersed in panic and exhausts our resource of working memory. Instead of using it for a good cause, you spend it unwisely on ineffective throwing back and forth. It’s like with electronic devices: when energy is at zero, they start beeping and flashing to warn you about this, instead of strongly to save.

How to use the memory wisely

Slow down and try to see the future. When you’re under pressure, your natural reaction is to explode, though. However, this can be avoided. Studies show that when a person is faced with problems whose solution requires the use of working memory, reduced speed and lack of haste to help the best. Was slowed, step back from the problem, and it will help you to reduce the level of stress and anxiety.

Once the teacher at the University told me: «Tomorrow, people will forget what you wrote about something first, but will long remember the good text». What is the evidence? That no need to hurry, and speed is not the main parameter for the evaluation of the quality of the work.

If you have a job, at first slowly think about how you’re going to do it. An unexpected problem at work? Five minutes lay aside everything and try to stay away from her. The decision will come as if by itself.

Meditation. Don’t laugh: studies show that meditating on a regular basis is much easier dude cuts off the excess of distracting thoughts and emotions than their non-meditating friends. This ability is essential in the stress, to clear your working memory and reassure you. It helps to concentrate on the task.

Prepare for such moments, spending a day at least 20 minutes in meditation. Just sit and watch your breath: inhale through the nose and out through your mouth. You can even pretend you’re practicing Zen and sitting around doing absolutely nothing and not thinking about anything. Very useful, highly recommended.

Take a NAP. So you will reload its working memory. If you have time, take a NAP 20 minutes and come back to the problem. So you’re 40 minutes will be able to do more than if you don’t take a NAP and work out for an hour.

Write down everything that is bothering you. So you vent on paper all your worries and frees working memory which will help you to solve problems. Take a pen and paper and prove in detail all his experiences. Lo and behold — they disappeared!

Write down everything. Remember: working memory is a limited resource. To think calmly and clearly and not to forget, solving the problem, write down everything that comes to your mind. Do not think that the working memory can hold at all. Sabakami everything important on paper.

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