Most of the time stress is being considered as something negative, as something that you would rather avoid. It causes anxiety and it leads to overthinking about things that you would rather not focus your mind on. However, not everybody shares this perspective on stress. Successful people for example, experience heavy stress on an ongoing basis. They have to perform every day in order to stay at the top. So why is it that these people don’t succumb to stress? Because they’ve learned that there are great benefits about stress and they know how to use it as an asset to achieve their goals faster. Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to be ‘successful’ to use stress as an accelerator for achieving your goals, because I tried it and it worked for me as well! The realization of how stress could play a beneficial role for achieving my goals made me so much less fearful of stress. Lets take a look at how stress can aid the process of achieving your goals more effectively.
1. Stress creates an active attitude
For most people stress works like some kind of paralysis. When they’re under high tension they become anxious and quit with what they’re doing, because of all the stress that comes along with it. This leads to procrastination and delays the process of achieving your goals. However, your body reacts differently on stress than your mind. Stress causes the release of adrenaline and other types of neurotransmitters that’ll make you feel more ‘alive’. You’ll take on a more active attitude and you’ll have more energy. Successful people exploit these effects to their benefit. They stay up longer to work on their goals to get more out of their day, they spend more time consuming knowledge that’ll help them accomplish their goals faster and they feel more motivated to achieve their goals as soon as possible instead of taking all the time they can. So perhaps it’s time to start listening to your body instead of to your mind!
2. Stress builds mental strength
Working under stress is a skill only few have mastered. You build mental toughness when it’s raining outside but you still manage to ‘dance’ in it. When you’ve created a powerful mindset for yourself then you won’t care about the circumstances that you have to perform in, because you know that the only thing that can influence you is yourself. This mindset is so important for achieving your goals, because the goals that are worth fighting for are also the hardest. You’ll face many challenges and obstacles and it’ll stress you out. That’s why it’s your mental strength that’ll be the determining factor on how you’ll be able to deal with future obstacles on the road to achieving your goals.
3. Stress creates adaptability
Stress makes you a lot of negative things, but the one thing it excels in is something positive; it creates ‘out of the box’ thinking. Many people lack creativity and that’s why they can’t overcome obstacles. However, this inspires the people who are really determined to achieve their goal. They need to come up with new strategies to solve an obstacle they’ve never faced before. And that’s where ingenuity and creativity comes into play. Stress gives you sometimes the necessary push to think ‘outside of the box’ to solve certain problems and it helps with acquiring new skills that you wouldn’t know about if you had quit.
4. Stress makes you more organized
When you’re under a lot of pressure to perform you need to have a solid plan of attack. You can’t just take action with the hope that odds will turn in your favor. You have to create your own luck. You need to organize your plan of attack like deciding which strategies you should take, calculating the amount of hours you need to spend etc. Thus, performing under high pressure requires of you to attack the goal more structured and therefore you’re taking more control of the situation which increases the likelihood of success.
In sum, stress is not always the negative thing people make it out to be. It can actually make you feel more alive, create a stronger mindset and learn new skills. These newly acquired assets can help you with being more productive in life and to take the most out every opportunity. So it’s not correct to say that stress is wrong or right. It’s up to you how you will let it influence your life. Just remember that are two things that you need in your life to achieve amazing things; a plan and not quite enough time.