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A Surprising Way to Reduce Stress & Improve Resiliency

Improve your ability to manage stress under pressure by helping others.

 

In this video I discuss the counter-intuitive idea that helping others can help you better manage stress and offer a great approach to helping others so that it helps you as well.

 

Light Board Video: Quiz – Going It Alone

Motivation in the workplace plays a critical role in thriving more and struggling less in a high demanding life.

In a high stress work environment, there are three types of hard working adults who operate in a high demanding job. The first group is the Thrivers, those who are productive in their work and sustain a great personal and professional life balance. On the other extreme are the Strugglers who do not operate in a high demanding job and most likely leave on their own to pursue opportunities elsewhere. In the middle are the Strivers who sometimes thrive and sometimes struggle.

My book Change Your Day Not Your Life has a quiz to help you identify where you stand in these three categories and what you can do to struggle less and thrive more. To take the quiz now, visit http://andycore.com/quiz/ to see if you are a Thriver, Striver, or Struggler.

In my quiz, one of the questions is, ‘How often do you feel like you are going it alone?’ Now when looking at research on motivation, a lot of motivational theories talk about the correlation between the lack of motivation and time spent feeling like you are going it alone. One theory that stands out is the Self Determination Theory of Motivation.

It states that the more time you spend feeling like you are ‘going it alone,’ the more you are going to struggle. With the more time you spend feeling like you are not alone or connected to something, the more positive energy and meaning you have.

Of the people who took my quiz: 66% of them said that they felt like they were going it alone most of the time, while 34% said that they almost never feel that way. That’s a lot of people who are struggling who shouldn’t be. So my question for you is this—How often do you feel like you are going it alone, and what can you do to change that?

For more tips on how to increase motivation, read my book Change Your Day Not Your Life.

 

Train Your Brain, Change Your Life

Positive ThinkingAndy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well-being, and Peak Human Performance.

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”
― Eckhart TolleA New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Reflect on how you interact with the world. For instance, when someone asks you how you are doing, do you automatically react with a positive or a negative answer? When you are by yourself in the rare quiet moments of your day, do you start thinking about how stressed and unhappy you are, or do you focus on what’s good in your life and say a quiet thank you. When your face is at rest, is your brow furrowed and your jaw clenched or is your expression peaceful with the hint of a smile? When you dream, are you fighting, running and fearful, or are you exploring, experiencing and inventing?

In life there are always going to be negative situations you have to face. Be it a personal habit, a work situation, a family emergency or just the general feeling of being overwhelmed. But rather than becoming a negative person from these negative situations, it’s best to learn how to handle them in the best way while still managing to stay positive.

The best advice is to define your day based on what you do and how you reacted rather than by what someone else did or said to you. Because in the end, the only thing you can attempt to control in life is your reaction. All other factors are outside of your grasp.

Its also important to remember that what we say and believe usually ends up being the true. Your thoughts, whether positive or negative, end up fulfilling themselves. And our brains can be trained to form a certain perspective. If you consistently see life through a negative lens, that’s what you’ll continue to see and viceversa. So as Cat Stevens says, “And if you want to live high, live high. And if you want to live low, live low.”

Maintaining a positive reaction throughout your day requires you to focus on the positive things in life. Life will improve as your thinking improves. If you have no real problems, but you’ve trained yourself to think negatively about life, then you’ll be less happy than a person with real problems and a good attitude.

You’re perspective equals your reality. Make it one you want to live.

 

To learn more on Andy’s programs

 

Convention Speakers: Erasing Stress in the Workplace

Convention speakers emphasize the importance of erasing stress and tell you how.

Convention speakers emphasize the importance of erasing stress in the workplace and tell you how.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

What?

Convention speakers emphasise that stress in the workplace is an important issue that must be taken seriously by employers if they hope to have a productive and efficient workforce. Not all stress is negative, and in small amounts may even enhance the performance of an individual. However, excessive amounts of stress in the workplace must be avoided.

Why?

Around 1 in 5 members of the working population will suffer from stress, resulting in over 105 billion working days lost annually. In the UK alone, this costs employers at least $1.89 billion per year.

Although a serious matter, it is a problem that can be prevented and overcome by investing in the wellbeing of staff. Statistics show that for every $1.50 invested in employee wellbeing there can be seen a return of $4.50 in improved efficiency and productivity.

How?

As an employer, you should make every effort to try to minimize the negative effects of stress in the workplace. There are many strategies that can be taken to achieve this. Often a combination of both individual approaches and a whole group approach can be the most effective. Convention speakers highlight the importance of encouraging:

  • Organization
  • Teamwork
  • Optimism
  • Physical exercise and healthy eating
  • Work-life balance
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Independence

Convention speakers state that by taking simple steps to improve the well being of employees the disastrous effects of stress in the workplace can be greatly reduced, resulting in the enhanced performance of the team as a whole.

For more information about Andy’s work-life balance programs

 

 

Four Top Ways for a Keynote Speaker to Manage Stress

Manage stress by following these four steps.

Try these keynote speaker remedies for stress and you’ll be cool and collected in no time.

Many times, hectic deadlines, tight work schedules and over-ambitious work targets control people’s lives. This occurs often when a keynote speaker is hired. Even though working “after hours” could make you look like a hard worker among your colleagues and friends, it’s a time bomb waiting to explode.

A keynote speaker reported that stressed individuals account for a big chunk of those who die of lifestyle diseases, about 60% of all deaths. Luckily, stress management can improve productivity in the workplace and at individual levels. Here are some tips for you:

  • Have a holistic time schedule – Don’t confuse this with creating school-like timetables for your life, but rather, simple timelines for all life activities, including leisure and relaxation.
  • Be proactive – When faced with an immense challenge in the workplace or home, you should learn to spot the best opportunities to rest. For example, you could consider taking time off or sleeping on transit between stations, but don’t overdo it…
  • The power of NO – To live a stress free life, say no to work calls at home, extra workload, extra night outs with friends… Start slowly and watch the rest fall into place.
  • Master the power of good enough – The quest for perfection is a killer in the modern world. In the workplace, it’s what develops into individual depression. A keynote speaker reminds you to set reasonable standards for yourself and others will help you learn to take note of when good is “good enough.”

 

 

Change Your Day, Not Your Life
A realistic guide to sustained motivation, more productivity, and the art of working well
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