I recently read a great article about the power of a strong mindset in race car drivers. At 200 mph/322 kmh (just slightly under the current speed of business), the unprepared brain will trigger a panicky jolt of energy, that floods the body with adrenalin and cortisol. When Patrick Jacobs coached Indianapolis 500 winner, Gil De Ferran, he coached him to resist that primal instinct with controlled breathing techniques learned through Prana Yoga. This clearly shows that with practice, breathing can help anyone handle stress, and perform their best, even under the greatest amounts of pressure.
If these techniques can be used at 200 mph/322 kmh they can also be used by Sustainable High Performers during a meeting, during a negotiation, or anytime you need high performance.
By Adrianne Bowden