Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Stress as a speedbreaker
I.M. Soni

Perhaps, it has not crossed your mind that although success and stress are close kin, they work at cross purposes. Stress produces a war of attrition against your success, especially in the career push. You have to overcome it.

You are self-conscious when you are too strained doing a thing. You think too much about what others say or think.

The solution is let the thing do itself. This is possible. You have to cultivate and hone the art of let-go. Herbert Spencer has called it the “gospel of relaxation”.

As you let go, you lose most of your jitters. The stress and the strain disappear. Your performance improves.

Be aware of your ‘hurry’. Construct speed-breakers.

Are you hurtling towards your ambition, your desired goal in a career. This will prove counter-productive. Hurry makes bad curry!

Do prepare. Then launch yourself. I can quote instances of many youngsters aspiring to break into print who met with an editorial stone wall because they rushed to the newspapers with a half-baked copy.

This is the hallmark of a greenhorn. The professional knows that articles are not written, they are re-written!

One way to generate your steam is to constantly remind yourself that a cheque is better than a rejection slip!

A constant feeling of being mentally over-tied produces restlessness and inability to concentrate on career. Symptoms are irritability, impatience, bad temper, lack of interest in work and disinclination for exertion. With practice, you can attain writer Kipling’s ideal “Keep your head, when all round you are losing theirs!”

If you are highly strung, you need more powerful brakes. Reason and foresight will supply these brakes.

Some think they can appear busy only by getting into a stew, and putting everybody else into one. These are the ones who actually get the least done. And there are the people who so easily become exhausted by their supposedly earnest efforts. You know people who are ever busy without work!

Planning of work and correct use of time mean the saving of nervous energy. Use spare time in preparing for busier times.

Many leave everything till the last minute. They complain about being always rushed. To be oversensitive places a great strain upon the nervous system. If you do your best, you cannot do more.

Career chase produces less tension when it is done with a smile and a willing heart. And smiling is largely a matter of habit. You will find that lowering the eyelids and consciously forcing the eyes into a smile will take the sting out of hard chase.

If your chase gets you down, find the cause and correct it. But think twice before you blame the chase itself.

Exercise reasonable care in planning work and see that it does not upset the rhythm of long-range goal. Make a distinction between doing a job and chasing a career. There are people who stick their heads into the fire and then complain of being burnt!

You have got to work for it. It is a matter of self-control and discipline. People who lack self-control are like a car without brakes. They cannot stop and, therefore, run the perpetual risk of disaster. Forced into a fast pace by modern conditions of work, they are carried forward by their own momentum. Results are unsavoury.

Self-examination serves to steady the highly-strung person. A bit of straight talk to oneself at times will not do any harm either. When you foolishly jump the fence say to yourself, “I am silly, there is no point in it.”