When you’re ambitious, busy, and under pressure to perform, you can have multiple stressors in your life at one time. Many people worry that the stress of success is too much, but there are healthy and meaningful coping methods. To take your cues from the greats, follow these 12 ways successful people stay calm under pressure. 1. Make a Short To-Do List: Focus on what’s important and limit the external noise by keeping your to-do list to a three-item high-priority list you can attend to realistically and focus on. Read more.