Pressure is good. Stress should be avoided according to Aimee Bernstein, author of Stress Less Achieve More: Simple Ways to Turn Pressure into a Positive Force in Your Life. She states that, “…all us feel we’re always under pressure because of our constant accessibility.”
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My guest, Aimee Bernstein is the President of Open Mind Adventures and coaches, consults, and trains senior leaders and teams within creative and high-pressure environments. Her past clients include Dolce & Gabbana and other large entities. Here are some highlights from our discussion:
- The level of stress has gone up incrementally–everyone is under pressure these days. The internet has made us accessible 24/7 through mobile devices, and we feel that we always have to be doing something
- It’s part of Work-Life these days where you are expected to have all of the right answers, have them in a way that is calm and collected, and to be able to do everything
- It’s best to create boundaries for yourself, but it is not a popular philosophy in business.
- To shift stress, businesses need to shift their culture, but until they do, people need to know how to shift their pressure
- With many terms to throw around, press and stress are the new good stress and bad stress
- Pressure is defined as strength and energy depending how you related to it. It is the energy of change
- If you are open to the energy of change, you will experience liveliness and high performance.
- Pressure is a helper and a bit of intelligence to expand your capacity
- To do well at job interviews you have to be as big as the job–How cool can you stay under pressure?
- Aimee differs from the notion that we need to handle stress. We need to handle the pressure and AVOID stress.
- Most people live in their cognitive minds
- Look at the clues –How are we when by ourselves?
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