Is there such a thing as positive peer pressure? I always associated peer pressure with negativity. But I am starting to think that perhaps there is a positive side to this. Pressure is something that is inevitable in life. Think about it, tests, exams, assignments and that’s just in school. But in football is there a positive side to this? I believe there is, maybe not in the pressure itself but the how a player deals with it.
The pressure in a football game can come from, opponents, teammates, parents, friends or the occasion. Pressure often forces us as players to either make decisions incredibly quickly, like when an opponent is running at you or chasing you. You can either try and take them on, protect the ball, pass, shot or kick it away. This is not the kind of pressure I am talking about though. I am talking about the pressure that teammates put on each other to do well. That’s peer pressure, right? Well, that’s what I am calling it and its my blog so can call me out in the comments.
The pressure as a player you feel because you know your teammates are going to give 100% so you know you have to as well. I think that this type of pressure is a good kind of pressure because it makes you care about what happens in the game. I don’t know if its desire, expectation or pride to do your best or maybe its all three.
These are all very important emotions to develop and can be carried over into something like work. As an employee if you can relate the same feeling to your workplace then you will be more motivated and produce the highest possible results. Its one of the reasons that workplaces do team building exercises. To promote create this sense of teamwork and responsibility.