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Gift of Stress


Stress: noun - A reaction that commonly occurs when your current situation doesn't match your ideal situation.

There are two kinds of stress.

  1. The kind you want to do something about.
  2. The kind you don't.

There are only five things you can do to diffuse* the first kind.

  1. Narrow the gap between what you want and what you have.
  2. Reduce your attachment to the want.
  3. Increase your gratitude for what you have.
  4. Increase your familiarity with dealing with the gap.
  5. Improve your mood.

That's it.

By focusing efforts on the aspects that matter:

  • Organizations can effectively shift their culture, marketing, and innovations.
  • High-performers can expand their productivity, employee skill-set, marketing/customer interactions, and innovations.

The art is in applying the concepts. That's where I come in - let's talk. These folks did (good move on their part).

Bank of America Bloomberg LP Tishman Speyer
MSG/Cablevision ZS Associates Cornerstone Research
WE tv/Cablevision PSI DBM
Church Pension Group Career Gear JCC
Polytechnic Institute of NYU Seton Hall University  

*Want to increase stress? Take the same principles and modulate them the other way.

  • Make things less like you want them.
  • Want the things you don't have even more.
  • Come up with more reasons why where you are, what you're doing, and what you have are all terrible.
  • Further convince yourself that what you're facing is unique, and never been dealt with before.
  • Do things that make you feel horrible.
  • Please reconsider increasing the stress on yourself or organization. Dr. Gideon Orbach, DC wrote an article detailing the medical effects of stress.

    Some highlights:

    • Weight gain;
    • Reduced ability to think clearly;
    • Weakened immune system;
    • Increased heart rate and blood pressure.

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