Working Under Pressure

We are at the time of year where the NFL season is coming to an end. The conversation around this time tends to be focused on which NFL coaches are on the hot seat. Everyone speculates on who’s job is in jeopardy. Being a professional coach is an intense job. Working under pressure is a part of everyday life at that level.

As a former coach, I know that pressure well. I get asked all the time, “How did you work under that kind of pressure?” The second thing people ask me is what advice I would give to people who work under pressure. Not just in football, but in any walk of life. I would have to go back to some things that I learned from my first boss, head coach of the Steelers Chuck Noll.

Focus on What You Can Control

Coach Noll used to tell us all the time that when things are coming at you from the outside there’s one thing you need to do, that is to focus on the things that you can control. Block out public opinion and what people are saying and concentrate on doing your job to the best of your ability.

Prepare Well

He also used to tell us that pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what to do. When you prepare well and know what you are going to do in your job then you won’t feel as much pressure.


The last piece of advice I would give is to pray. Turn things over to the Lord. Pray that you will do your best and that is all you can really ask for.


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