A recent survey by TalentSmart explored how business leaders handle the major stressors in business that can have serious psychological and physiological repercussions in their lives. It showed that 90 percent of top performers know how to manage their emotions in times of stress so that they remain cool, calm, and able to do what needs to be done.
Have you ever wondered how some people who experience the same stressors as their colleagues appear to thrive in the environment while others really struggle, and some just don’t make it?
It has been found that successful people have some strategies in common when it comes to managing stress.
They stay positive
Successful people tend to be those who see opportunities for growth packaged up as failure, and they look for the lessons learned when something goes ‘pear shaped’. They maintain a positive outlook and reframing negative thoughts that come into their minds. If you are willing to notice that you’re stuck in a negative thought, that simple acknowledgement can assist you to move away from it.
They focus on progress, not perfection
Perfection can be anorexic and a heavy burden of undue stress. Excellence is a path that enables top performers to shine and move forward and also achieve outstanding results.
Many perfectionists are experts at procrastination and the result is a major stress build up.
I recently read that not even the most successful people on the planet are perfect – and they would almost certainly tell you the same. Richard Branson, for example, has had some major failures in his time, yet has always been blunt about his belief that you need to fail quickly, fail big, learn from it, and move on.
Moving from a belief of perfection to one of excellence is liberating. Next time you have the opportunity to do the task even a little bit better.
They keep the big picture in view
Successful people know how to keep the ‘big picture’ in view, rather than focusing on minor details. They focus more on the ‘why’ behind what they do, rather than the ‘how’. For example, a person knows that exercise is extremely important each day as a major ‘stress buster’, so they make sure they plan each day to fit in a time to exercise.
They practice self-care
‘Me time’ is high on the agenda of successful people. They realise that they must care for their most important asset – themselves – in order to continue to be successful. They often take short periods of personal quiet time, maybe meditation, get enough sleep, limit stimulants, drink lots of water and little coffee, pop or alcohol, exercise, and switch off from technology as much as possible. The pace of life in the digital world puts our adrenal glands into overdrive, and our stress levels way over the top. Stress-life balance is a key in these people’s successful lives.
They rely on routines
One major cause of stress is the number of decisions we have to make in a day. Creating simple routines around meal times, answering emails and texts, or even simplifying their wardrobe helps them de-stress and creates more relaxed time for the bigger decisions that really matter.
They practice gratitude for what they have
New research has shown that developing an attitude of gratitude is a psychologically proven way to reduce stress and maintain a more positive outlook on life. When you have a more positive outlook you are happier and more productive, too.