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Elite Performance Under Stress


Jannell Macaulay




We all want to perform our best in every facet of our lives. In fact, each of us strives to maintain or even accelerate our professional success without sacrificing ourselves, specifically our health and relationships, along the way. But it is extremely difficult to do in reality!


Have you ever had someone believe in you so much, you felt there were no limits to what you could achieve. At a young age of seven, I can remember my dad telling anyone who would listen that I was gonna grow up to be a fighter pilot, or a submarine warfare commander. Now, this was the 1980s.

And these jobs weren't even open to women. But it didn't matter because his ultimate goal was to inspire me to do or be anything I wanted. All I had to do was work hard labor enough, and I can achieve my dreams. When you remove societal barriers, it's amazing what you can imagine for yourself. That was extremely powerful for a young girl. His guidance gave me the drive to seek out challenges. And to actually think that I could be a combat pilot, a leader and military commander, a mother and wife, and also an academic, I didn't have to choose. However, my first attempt at integrating the person I wanted to be with the person I could be in reality, was a complete failure.

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