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. Thus you need to be Stress Free at each step of the journey.
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.
Creating A Vision For Your Life or Business
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. You can no more be Stress Free.
How do you contain your excitement and align your goals so that they don’t end up overwhelming you with long nights and weekends working?
I know that the feeling of overwhelm from finding direction and balance in life can be a good thing and also a bad thing. If you truly find the right thing and get your focus in line, it can create a level of “good” stress. Which will fuel your motivation and keep your passionate towards bettering yourself.
The problem with this is that too much too quickly can result in unnecessary stress in the form of a tight stomach, a more heavily beating heart, and so much more. Have you ever actually taken notice to the way that you body reacts to your different forms of excitement or stress, whether good or bad?
Now… how do you feel? Like the air is cleared and the sanity has returned? Like a breath of fresh air has entered your atmosphere? It’s a good feeling, isn’t it?
Some of the energy is good, but it needs to be channeled in the right ways and then utilized only when you need it to give you that extra boost.
Interestingly enough, stress creates adrenaline. Which allows for spontaneous but reflexive responses to outside stimuli in your everyday life. The thing is, an effective business leader and owner not being Stress Free, tends to do just the opposite.
So, What’s the result of this?
The result here is actually two-fold:
- You only circulate a very limited amount of the oxygen that’s in your body.
- Your body goes into “defense mode” because of the shallower breathing which is often a signal of danger to our natural instincts.
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.
If you let stress overwhelm your life and cause damage that you can’t repair, it will prolong your goals and dreams. 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.
With that excitement comes another challenge…
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 and cannot be Stress Free. 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.
Since you know what the “10 second tactic” now consists of, let’s practice it right now just for review and be Stress Free
- With your hand (or hands) on your stomach, breathe in. Take a deep, long and full breath.
- Watch your hands as they rise up with each breath you inhale.
- Then, watch your hand as it lowers with your exhalation. Let the air out of your lungs without losing your level of relaxation.
- Take another deep breath, and let it out again.
- Once more: in and out. Relax while you do this. Clear your mind.
While the breathing technique and the “vision” creation approach may seem like minuscule things in the grand scheme of life. If you really consider it, a lot of stuff that we do is broken down into tiny pieces.
Think about the habits that you’ve developed, both positive and negative. All it takes is some forethought and effort to implement a breathing session. Invest ten seconds into breathing, close your eyes if necessary, and shut the world off. Take a deep breath and start again. You will start feeling Stress Free more or less immediately.
One step at a time, day by day, you can take control of your life. This is just one small piece of the puzzle, but I hope that you’ve gotten some helpful information out of this course. In closing, I wish you all the luck with dealing with the stressors of everyday life, and thank you for your time.