stress or motivation

Is It Stress or Motivation?

Pressure Affects People Differently

We've all been there. The run-away to-do list with components that come from multiple places. It might be a major project or a weekly very routine report. Nonetheless, the deadline is fast approaching and you haven't started yet. We all recognize that feeling in the pit of our stomach as we settle down to work. Does pressure have to lead to stress? And what does stress actually do to our motivation and focus?

Stressed Sick

 We know for a fact that stress from psychological pressure affects our bodies. It leads to higher blood pressure, anxiety, and a host of other symptoms. It also makes it really, really hard to concentrate on the task at hand. If you're feeling pressure at work, and it's leading to stress, then you probably aren't at your most effective. You might be missing deadlines, making mistakes, or even worried yourself sick and had to take a personal day. All of these things can be caused by stress from psychological pressure.

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Mounting Motivation

 With good coping skills, pressure doesn't always have to lead to stress. It can positively affect motivation, too. When you're feeling stressed, you should try to practice positive thinking, self-distraction, or one of many other techniques that can beat stress and help your focus.  Motivation under pressure is an excellent skill to have, but like other skills, it takes practice to get better.  

Have you heard this line before? "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." The saying was adapted from Robert Burns "To a Mouse".

 The most important thing to remember is that there are always things outside of your control. Do not allow them to be the source of your stress. Be intentional. you know several positive coping mechanisms. Use them to see stress melt away, and in its place there are a host of positive benefits of working under pressure.


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Performing Under Pressure

When you've mastered your stress levels and learn to perform under pressure you might notice a few things. You'll keep a cooler head in difficult situations, thinking clearly when others around you are flailing wildly at the thought of some terrible outcome. You'll notice that your leadership skills improve, and that people turn to you in a crisis. You might also see that you perform better under pressure, because of the positive coping mechanisms that you've mastered.

 People who perform under pressure are in huge demand in every industry. Whether you're at the office or behind a counter, performance under stress will lead to promotions and positive feedback. Every employer on Earth wants to find someone who can keep a cool head under pressure, and with a little bit of practice and some positive habits that someone could easily be you.

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  • Angel Lewis

    Hello there! I'm Angel, an entrepreneur and writer who grew up in rural North Carolina and now resides in Virginia. My love for writing began during my time at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Over the past couple of years, I've authored two nonfiction books in the personal development genre. Along with writing for adults, I also created 'Ready. Set. Fly!', a children's book that inspires self-confidence and resilience. When I'm not writing, I enjoy gardening, reading, playing games, and spending time with those closest to me.

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2 thoughts on “Is It Stress or Motivation?

  1. I have always been one to work under pressure. Its not that I put things off but I’m busy doing something else whena deadline comes near. I’ve always been able to finish a project, whether a sewing project or other. I think it’s the challenge in my that does it.

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