Stress contracts the body and the mind. It prevents joy and lowers high performance. Being in the zone brings productivity and fun. Here are three tips to conquer stress in the workplace:
See the events that "come to you" as "meant for you." This mind-set will immediately generate a positive relationship between you and the events you face. This is the opposite of the victim mind-set, which leads us to resist and, therefore, resent the things that come our way.
Feelings inform you; they don't define you. Feelings — pleasant or unpleasant — say much about what is important to you. If you feel impatient, it's because there's something of value you want to manifest. Focus on that and thank the feeling as a messenger of good tidings. Then you can focus on actions that may help manifest your goal.
Focus on the outside world, not on the inside. Once you've done the first two tips, keep your focus on the sights and sounds around you — not on the inner pictures or inner dialogue. Soon, you will flow with effective actions. Joy will follow. While you're "in the zone," there isn't much conscious thinking or feeling — mainly doing.
Violating these three tips will lead to stress and lower productivity. Living these will lower stress and elevate not just your productivity but also your satisfaction. Notice that there is no focus on "getting rid of stress." The focus is more positive: becoming joyfully productive.
Ramon Corrales, Ph.D., is CEO of Integral Mastery Center. He is a life and leadership coach who has spent many years working in self-development, organizational development and team building. Corrales has been a family therapist and is passionate about teaching others techniques for great leadership and successful relationships. He is the author of "Of Pebbles & Grenades: 3 Keys to Self-Mastery." For more information, visit www.integralmasterycenter.com.