We live when it looks like we regularly put in conditions that cause us stress. Sometimes we find little stress for a short time and sometimes we find a lot of stress for a long time. The fact is that when we find stress, especially for a long time, not only our productivity drops but the quality of our work is also falling. Let's start with a discussion of how stress affects our work and our leadership. You have probably thought about some of the consequences of stress already, but I have identified five ranges of significant negative effects of stress.
Health – As stress sets into our lives, it begins to take physical duty on our bodies and our health. High levels of stress can cause heart disease, weight gain, headache and insomnia. It often affects the balance of our lives. By focusing on our work or challenging condition and neglecting our health, the universe will turn the sun across our side. In other words, we will become unhealthy and, in essence, be forced to take care of ourselves (and sometimes need to neglect / abandon our work). Talk about a reduction in productivity and shift in time management!
Energy – Stress in energy pressure. If you've ever been under stress, you'll know how it's just about energy right. Your goal is falling, your stamina rejects and the focus is not anywhere.
Patience – We all know that our patience can go out the window when we're tired. Since leadership is a matter of actually connecting with others, we often get our leadership skills "high-jack" when we find stress / pressure. Because a lot of leaders 'leaders are the result of others' efforts, productivity and long-term leadership can be very high when we experience a long time of high stress.
Creativity – The creative process takes place in the brain's neo cortex, but emotions (like stress) are worked in Amygdala. Here's the challenge we face: When our brain focuses on Amygdala, it's actually hindering our ability to rely on our creative process. It's as if we hear someone stressed saying, "I'm so angry I can not think right!" Great stress closes the creative process and inhibits logical thinking.
Productivity – Our productivity drops sharply when we are under stress. We do not think clearly, we take too tired early in the day, our self-esteem drops and we can not concentrate.
So what can we do about all this?
In the workshop, I ask participants for examples of stressful effects. They are always happy to offer a real example of stressful events. (Some examples may already be in your head when you read this.) But the fact is, there are no stressful situations! That's how we respond to events and circumstances that cause us stress. I make sure I can find someone who will not be stressed out of situations that cause you stress. This is an important issue …
Working to minimize or even eliminate stress will have a significant impact not only on your health but on your creativity, energy, manpower and relationships. Most productive people I know have learned to deal with events in their lives in such a way that there is not much stress. It's not that they are humble, thick, or robots. Instead, they have developed "liturgy" to cope with circumstances that could cause others to find stress. They take careful care of their attitude and their vitality, as well as having a clear understanding of the priorities.
If you want to be at the top of your game, spend time to determine which "liturgies" help you to reduce stressful emotions and be committed to taking care of yourself. I have a Zen Buddhist saying on the wall of the office that says: "Live half for yourself, and half for others." It's a good philosophy to survive.