There’s a theory in behavioral psychology that all stress is the product of internal pressure. Perhaps in your case, it’s not your boss or spouse that stresses you out, but rather how you respond to their provocation.
Another example (conveniently chosen at random) would be Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman. In his first three games, he’s done exceptionally well, reasonably well, and not well enough to win.
He was clearly unhappy with the results of Monday night’s game, but was cool and confident by Wednesday morning.
“The only pressure I feel, is the pressure that I put on myself to be a great quarterback, and lead our team to victory,” he told the media. “That’s all I really worry about. That’s what allows me to work hard and get better, and that’s the truth.”
Just in case you were questioning anything else he said, you can be sure that this part was true.
Yesterday and today were the first days for players to go back and look at tape of the game from the previous week. Naturally, this process is always harder after a loss.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself to play at a Pro Bowl level every week, and when I don’t, y’know, it’s frustrating,” he said. “I go back and watch the tape, be hard on myself, and fix the things that didn’t allow me to play as well as I can.”
Media-created controversies spring up any time a team suffers a setback, but Grossman has been around long enough to be impervious to the drama.
“That’s life in the NFL,” he said. “Worrying about other things is a distraction. Like I said before: the pressure I feel is the pressure that I put on myself to lead this team to victory.”
For more Rexisms, watch the video below:
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