Summary of When the Pressure's On

The Secret to Winning When You Can't Afford to Lose

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When the Pressure's On book summary
Athletes do it. Generals do it. All great leaders do it, and now you can, too. Excel under pressure.


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No wonder you’re stressed out. Unrealistic deadlines, unexpected changes and unrelenting pressure would stress anyone out. The workplace is responsible for the huge increase in stress-related disorders that doctors have reported in recent decades. Learning how to manage stress and perform at your best in spite of it has become a necessary executive skill. Psychologist Louis S. Csoka, founder of Apex Performance, offers a five-step, brain-training program to help you alter your thought patterns and behaviors so you can excel under pressure. While the individual components of his strategic framework aren’t new, Csoka’s structured tactics and practical exercises can help you build the mental prowess to achieve your best. getAbstract recommends his approach to those who want to change how they react to stress.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your brain reacts to stress,
  • How to use the five functions – “goal-setting, adaptive thinking, stress-energy management, attention control” and “imagery” – to perform better under pressure.


National Football League kicker Billy Cundiff played for five different teams after the Atlanta Falcons released him from his contract in 2007. Though he was physically prepared, his mental state kept causing him to miss critical field goals. Learning how to set goals, manage ...
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About the Author

APEX Performance founder and president Louis S. Csoka was a psychology professor at the US Military Academy at West Point and founded the Pioneering Center for Enhanced Performance.

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