It doesn’t matter where you find yourself on your journey in life, whether it’s your career or your personal endeavors – you know that the feeling of being overwhelmed is a natural by-product of success.
Achieving your goals doesn’t come easy, as cliché as that may be to say.
Whether you’re employed, you’re in a transitioning phase for your own business, you’re just starting out with your entrepreneurial journey, or you deal with any other kind of work, you deal with stress every single day. Sometimes even every minute.
Sure, being stressed, as in good stress is fine. Such as when it comes to getting things done and seeing positive results at the beginning of getting a new job or launching a new business. Stress can often times drive you to work longer hours, and push yourself to get things done.
However, after a while of working the long hours and giving it 210% of your efforts, replying to countless emails, clients, and phone calls that fly your way – it all starts to boil down and get to you.
Suddenly, you come to the realization that the passion you once had for your daily life is dwindling, and you start to question why you even began in the first place. You’ve lost your work and life balance. Maybe the stress has you waking up frequently throughout the night, or giving you headaches during the day.
Eventually this kind of fatigue and pain drains you of all of your energy that you rely on for your business, job, and of course, your personal life in general. Even crazier is that you really can’t go a day in life without encountering somebody else complain about being stressed or these kinds of symptoms. Especially with everybody being so connected on social networks.
Truthfully, we’ve all been there. We’ve all been stressed. You’re probably stressed out right now, hence the reason you’re going through this right this very minute.
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There’s not been a time in history where the level of overall stress for humanity has been greater than it is today. This is due in part to the fast-paced and ever changing world of the internet, cell phones, emails, text messaging, and everything in between.
Yet, living with too much stress for too long can result in negative behaviors and even health issues. Both of which can prevent you from succeeding at your goals and achieving the things that you desire most in life.
Interestingly enough, stress creates adrenaline. Which allows for spontaneous but reflexive responses to outside stimuli in your every day life. The thing is, an effective business leader and owner tends to do just the opposite. He or she may carefully consider and analyze each decision that has to be made.
That would be pro-active behavior, rather than reactive behavior, which is often the result of stress. Obviously, just about everybody wants to be successful and live a life full of happiness. You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody that wants to live miserably.
But through the process of life, you’ll start to feel overwhelmed, stressed, tired, short-tempered and perhaps even burned out. You’ll come home from work, or finish your day off by feeling worn out, irritated, and lousy. In turn, your productivity will be down. And with that, you can’t progress in life, to an extent.
If you let stress overwhelm your life and cause damage that you can’t repair, it will prolong your goals and dreams, or maybe even crush them entirely. In all honesty, any career success, independent of your ultimate goal is truly not worth the negatives that the prolonged stress can create.
Countless people all around the world talk everyday about how they can’t sleep at night because they find themselves overloaded with tasks to complete. Their stomachs are in knots as they try to juggle picking up the kids from school, and picking up that extra hour or two at work.
At the same time, a lot of people stick to their guns and refer to this “overly busy” aspect of their life as a prideful achievement. Juggling all of it continuously but deep down actually falling apart from the stress and overwhelm.
Sure, it’s not a bad thing to balance a ton of tasks for a few short days to meet a deadline or get a lot of things down in preparation for something. But the whole “heroic” and “noble” pursuit of taking on too many things at the same time is without a doubt detrimental to both your mental and physical health, and your business and goals as well.
We often confuse business with productivity, and that’s exactly what happens when we try to squeeze too much into one short day. We end up decreasing our productivity, and even the efficiency of our work. Not to mention, the whole process becomes a lot less enjoyable as a result. The most amazing part of learning how to manage stress in an easy way is that you’ll find yourself in your optimal learning and performance zone much more frequently than you were before.
Research has actually discovered that we have a specific zone in which we function at the most productive rate. Any time we spend outside of that zone because of stress and overwhelm, multi-tasking, or being distracted, is just time spent in mediocrity.
Every time you practice this strategy that I’m revealing to you today, you’ll find that the blood is returning to your brain as each technique is signaling to the body that the fearful, stress inducing situation is over and the calm has returned.
Now that I’ve rambled enough about stress and the premise of it’s creation, I want to move forward on to the actual tactic. However, to do that, I need to provide you with just a little bit of background for all of it to make sense.