How Successful People Stay Calm

how-successful-people-stay-calm-graph1A recent article in Forbes magazine talks about how “the ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.”

As the chart shows, optimal performance comes in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ of neither too much stress, nor too little.

By studying more than a million people, the author’s company has also identified ten of the most effective strategies that successful people employ when faced with stress. They are:

  • Appreciate what you have
  • Avoid asking “What if…?”
  • Stay positive
  • Disconnect from time to time, from work and ‘the grid’
  • Limit your caffeine intake
  • Sleep
  • Squash negative self-talk
  • Reframe your perspective
  • Breathe
  • Use your support system — avoid attempting to tackle everything by yourself

These map well on to the chapters of The Churning. Almost all are to do with remembering to centre and ground yourself, and then to make sense of the situation, Chapters 1 and 2.

The only exceptions are ‘Reframe your perspective’, which is covered in both Chapters 3 and 2, ‘Limit your caffeine intake’, though this is probably part of Chapter 1, remaining grounded, and ‘Use your support system’. Hopefully The Churning itself can be part of your support system.

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