Success Under Stress
Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On
Author: Sharon Melnick
Pub Date: January 2013
Print Edition: $17.95
Print ISBN: 9780814432129
Page Count: 272
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814432136
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What This Book Will Do for You
As a business psychologist who’s trained and coached more than
6,000 people, I’ve seen that some are surfing the wave of stressen
ergetically and confidently turning out successful projects—while
others are merely surviving. There’s a clear skillset that distinguishes
one group from the other. You already have a treasure trove of tools
at your disposal, but you might not know how to access them.
Once you learn the secrets to Success Under Stress, watch your
stock rise. Indeed, 71% of senior executives around the world reported
that the resilience to turn obstacles into opportunities is
“very” to “extremely” important in determining whom to retain.
Business owners who have a strategic approach to their day see a
rapid growth in their business.
I wrote Success Under Stress so that you can make your mark on
your organization and be the go-to person in your field, without sacrificing
quality of life. No longer will challenging events define your
day or the business results you get. You will cope better with stresses,
but more than that, you’ll know how to replace obstacles with opportunities
so that you eliminate what’s causing the stress. You’ll be able
to take charge of your workload and cut through complexity to see
new ideas that will help you stand out from the pack. You’ll know how
to motivate and influence others to follow your suggestions (and stop
wasting energy on frustration). You’ll develop the courage to speak
up in meetings and to pursue clients that may seem above your level.
Whenever you feel challenged or stuck, you’ll have the tools you need
to move through the situation and make it go your way.
Success Under Stress goes beyond the conventional wisdom of eat
right, get enough sleep and, if things get really hectic, “take a deep
breath and walk around the block.” Many people are finding these
approaches helpful, but insufficient for the way modern-day demands
interfere with their achievement and quality of life. This book will
show you how to approach any challenging situation by:
• Changing Your Perspective. A new point of view helps find new
• Changing Your Physiology. Get focused when you’re overwhelmed,
energized when you’re exhausted, and calm when you’re
wired or frustrated.
• Changing the Problem. Solve your stresses at the root cause and
you won’t have to face them again!
From the very first time you use any one of the tools in this book,
you’ll notice an immediate decrease in stress and an increase in effectiveness.
And when you use tools from all three of these approaches
you’ll be able to turn around any challenging situation.
Best of all: Because I know how busy you are, almost every one
of the tools in this book can be learned and implemented in three
minutes or less. And what will you get?
• More control in your life.You will go from an experience of
“running around” to thinking clearly and accomplishing intended
results. You’ll feel more in control of your schedule. You’ll
be able to reduce the stress of living in fear that you’ll overlook
important work or miss out on client opportunities. You’ll achieve
this by making use of your greatest talents. You’ll clear away
what’s been draining your time and energy; you’ll be able to say
“no” to the tasks and projects that don’t hit your “sweet spot.”
• Steady energy and enthusiasm left over at the end of the day. In
this book, you will find tools that enable you to be “On” and
“Off ” at will. That means you can focus when you need to, and
yet also relax when you want to, so you can rejuvenate, enjoy
yourself, and sleep through the night. You’ll achieve the balance
of high-quality work and a satisfying life, minus the internal self-
induced pressure to please everybody. If you’re prone to beating
yourself up, if you think you’re not as good as your counterparts,
or if you take things too personally, you’ll learn how to get back
to a positive outlook and positive energy. If you fear speaking up
in a meeting or you’re reluctant to pick up the phone and call a
prospect you think won’t want to hear from you, you’ll have the
confidence you need to “go for it.” If you have to deal with someone
who aggravates you, you’ll know how to calm your frustration
and redirect the situation toward a good resolution. You
will know how to take the emotion out of situations and prevent
reactions that drain you.
• Opportunities out of obstacles. You’ll learn how to solve problems
and dissipate stress—by adjusting when, for example, priorities
change or when someone doesn’t respond to your request.
You’ll learn a mindset and skill set that will thrive in this time of
flux. You’ll discover how to “tolerate—even enjoy—recalibrating
careers, business models, and assumptions.” Soon, you’ll see
emerging trends and get out of your comfort zone while you’re
still ahead of the curve. Or, if you feel “stuck” in your circumstances,
seeing only the obstacles—production delays, lack of
advancement opportunities, the inability to achieve your financial
goals—you will learn how to turn these situations around and
create success from them.
This book is for you if you:
• Work in an overwhelming environment where you have to influence
people to get things done.
• Own your own business where you “wear all the hats.”
• Seek to ease your financial stress and feel you’re stretched thin.
• Face a lack of self-confidence that causes you to “get in your own
way” or are reactive in relationships (especially with difficult people).
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