Did you know that the symptoms of anxiety and stress are exactly the same as excitement? Indeed they are. And it’s a good thing. It makes it possible to not only beat the nervousness but to reframe it into something positive.
Just saying a simple statement like “I am excited” is enough to change your mind chemistry, get you out of the negative vibes, and improve your performance in a stressful situation.
What does it mean to be “good” at stress? Stress researcher Kelly McGonigal shares her surprising — practical — research into the topic.
You can rewire your brain to use stress to your advantage. You can take those feelings of dread and anxiety and transform them into energy, excitement, and focus.
But stress—at least in moderate amounts—may not be as harmful as we think. Stress can be beneficial: It focuses our attention, motivates us to perform at our best, and helps us anticipate and overcome problems.
Simon Sinek explains how it is possible to interpret stimuli that pressure brings as excitement and not nervousness.
Until Next Week
Remember, you’re not stressed, you’re excited!