How to reduce stress, get more results and have a better quality of life.


Stressed

You know, pressure can produce outstanding results in some people but stress (its first cousin) is always harmful and counter productive. It often causes physical as well as mental problems and will generally make you less effective. In short stress is NOT your friend.

This is how it all unfolds: –

  • Stress causes unhappiness; pain and under-performance.
  • Lack of control always causes stress
  • Lack of the 3 P’s results in less control (preparation; planning and practice)
  • Lack of time is why we don’t spend enough on the 3 P’s.
  • Lack of discipline is why we don’t have enough time (we say “yes” too much and do things that don’t matter)
  • Lack of accountability and strong working habits weaken our discipline.
  • Lack of the right stakeholders causes lack of accountability.

So here’s what I suggest you do if you want a largely stress-free and happy existence: –

  • Get the right stakeholders in your life: don’t compromise on your team and have somebody who you can make commitments to and will hold you accountable.
  • Establish strong working habits.
  • Say “no” when you need to and only do what matters (get a clear set of objectives so that you know what matters).
  • Always plan, prepare and practice for every key event or responsibility.

All of these will result in putting you in control of events rather than the other way round and bingo! hardly a glimmer on the old stress-o-meter.

What do you think?

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5 comments on “How to reduce stress, get more results and have a better quality of life.
  1. Chris Weston says:

    Can’t argue with that, although some stakeholders are difficult to change, especially customers! However, setting your stall out properly at the beginning of the relationship can make a huge difference. This comes with experience, or at least it should…

    • Mike Ames says:

      true enough Chris but if a stakeholder (staff, supplier or client) should not be in your life start planning their exit immediately even if it takes a year to get rid of them it will be worth it. Doing the right thing can sometimes seem like too much trouble – it rarely is.

  2. Chris Weston says:

    It’s a fair point, few companies have the cojones to sack their customer but it can, in extreme circumstances, be necessary. Another way to keep stress levels down is to delegate effectively. Your post crossed my mind when I’d finished writing this one of my own at the weekend 🙂

    • Mike Ames says:

      Business is about making profit and so sometimes when that goal is not being achieved you need to make the ultimate sacrifice. Letting poor quality clients go is the sign of a mature business in my humble.

  3. Ali says:

    Great article and awesome awesome stress-free photo 😉

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