How CEO’s manage stress, stay happy & increase profits
By Vikas Malkani
The word 'stress' originates from the French word 'estrece' meaning 'narrowness' and is used to depict a limiting or constriction of your power and abilities.
You have the feeling of being stressed out when you think you have too much to handle on a mental, emotional or physical level. It also occurs when you view change and pressure as burdens rather than as challenges.
Anything viewed negatively has the potential of causing stress regardless of what the thing may be. ‘I am stressed out’ is a line often repeated by many people in all parts of the world today. However, what makes one person stress-full may be quite an ordinary event for another. Stress therefore is created not by the event or circumstance itself but by the way we respond to what happens to us in any moment of our life.
We are the creators of stress and it logically follows that we alone can provide the solution to it. Wisdom teaches that the human mind is the root of all human life experience; that the mind creates thoughts, which become feelings (stress is a feeling) which in turn prompt us to take action. Before the feeling of stress is felt, it is created by a certain mindset within. If we can alter our way of thinking, we can change the way we feel about anything.
Simply put, stress is the result of the way we think. And if we develop the ability to change our thoughts, we have in our hands the power to eradicate the stress that we feel regardless of what the causes may be.
The many changes life and business brings often lead to an accumulation of stress. If not managed, or redirected, this stress leads to toxic build-up that sabotages our performance and the harmony of our life. Stress is also known to create numerous emotional and physical diseases if left unattended.
Here are 8 effective strategies that exceptional individuals use to manage stress, stay happy and improve performance.
1. Accept ownership & responsibility over your life - At the deepest level, everything occurring in your life-experience is the result of your own desires, choices, actions and reactions.
Remember, you should lead your business, your business should not lead you! So, accept full responsibility and control of your life: both of what your life is now, and what you want it to be.
2. Refuse to have short-term vision - Adopt strategies and actions that create long term profit and growth, and drop any thought or action that promises short term gratification.
Keeping a long term view eases stress and tension.
3. Stretch your comfort zone - Humans and companies, both are conditioned to seek security and safety, but life often provides the opposite to ensure our growth.
So do more than you think you can; take the step you think you can’t. Dare to confront security and comfort as primary motivations. The limits you live under are the ones you have become secure and comfortable with. See this and evolve beyond your present limits.
Dare something worthy. Greatness lies on the other side of the comfort zone.
4. Be action-oriented - Results come from actions, not thoughts and words. To learn how to swim, you must get wet. Remember that the best strategy in the world won’t bring results unless you translate it into effective action.
Excessive thinking leads to stress, and action often releases it. Believe in action – it’s what changes life and the future.
5. Choose to be optimistic - You always have two choices in every situation – either curse the darkness, or light a candle. Choose the more positive attitude, always, regardless of the situation. It comes at the same expense as the negative choice but with extremely different consequences. One produces stress and the other releases it.
Remember that stress arises out of the way you think. You can always glimpse the positive option, in every moment; you have to remind yourself to look in the right direction.
If you keep your face to the sunshine, you cannot see the shadows.
6. Take one bite at a time - Don’t be too concerned about how much there is to do, or how big the task seems. Just get one thing done at a time, and repeat. Do what’s in your power, and brush aside other concerns.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The most beautiful tapestry begins and ends with one of ten thousand individual threads.
7. Release resentments and judgements - If you truly accept responsibility, you spontaneously release blame and resentments.
Holding onto hurt or hatred over what others may have done in the past, makes you their slave in the ‘here and now.’ The easiest thing to do is to walk around judging every event and person who comes into your life. This limiting perspective closes your mind to opportunities that often show up disguised as problems.
8. Connect with silence regularly - In the midst of frantic activity and endless to-do lists, it’s easy to lose your happiness and peace of mind. Once this goes missing, nothing else will feel fulfilling.
Instead of a frantic search for external peace, regularly disconnect yourself from activity (including phones, emails and social media) and connect with silence within. Be alone, be silent, and be still.
Inspiration strikes often in silence. Just as one can see further on a clear day, million dollar ideas take birth in silence and stillness.
Vikas Malkani is the World's #1 Wisdom Coach.
Vikas coaches CEO's and award-winning entrepreneurs on how to manage stress and maximize results. Get coached by Vikas and see your success and happiness sky-rocket!