How successful people stay calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.

Remaining calm, focussed, present and in control is one of the keys not only to success in life, but more importantly to peace and happiness.

This article, hat tip to my brother for the link, looks into how to manage your state and your emotions, no matter what the circumstance, and offers some useful ideas to implement.

It turns out there are a number of ways to control your state – the most successful people among us:

  • Appreciate what they have.
  • Avoid asking what if
  • Stay positive
  • Disconnect
  • Limit caffeine
  • Sleep
  • Squash negative self talk
  • Reframe their perspective
  • Breathe
  • Utilise their support system

As the image below illustrates, we are wired for stress and do need some of it to function at a decent level- the key is to manage the right amount of stress that it’s enough to motivate you but not too much that you’re overwhelmed.

My favourite tip has to be this one- we all forget how lucky we are to have certain people or things or opportunities. to sit back and notice them often helps to neutralise my own stress and anxiety pretty quickly.

They Appreciate What They Have

Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well-being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this.

The next time you’re feeling under pressure, stressed or anxious give one or more of these a try and see if you can take more control of your own state.


Read the full article here