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Good Stress, Bad Stress

– By Andrew B Morris

Just like we have good and bad cholesterol, so we have good and bad stress.

Good stress will motivate, give us supreme confidence, stimulate creative thinking and enhance our decision making.

Bad stress will impact our sleep, distort our perspective and judgement, and, if left unchecked for too long, will even lead to burn-out.

So, how do we encourage good stress within ourselves? By ensuring that….

We feel in control of the situation at all times

We are driving our agenda

We are doing what we want to be doing

What’s really important to ME – instead of what someone, or something is doing to me.

Being in the zone is sublime and is when we do our best work. It takes some great discipline and self-awareness as well as the ability to say `No`. When we feel ourselves slipping into bad stress, when events start to take hold, stop, take a breath, and re-establish control.

Good stress brings with it boundless energy and is an indicator that we’re in the driving seat. Bad stress drains energy and says we’re just a passenger being taken where we don’t want to go.


Andrew B Morris

Andrew B Morris

Andrew B Morris is Chief Executive of the Academy for Chief Executives, helping businesses to accelerate growth through better leadership.  Andrew describes himself as a creative businessman, who enjoys meeting people from all facets of life. His mantra is ‘take your job seriously, but not yourself.’

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