How to Turn Stress into Motivation

The modern day American lifestyle is filled with stress at any given corner. Our jobs, friends, family, drama, from sun up to sun down are filled with stress. Stress will make us binge eat, or not eat at all. Stress will do some weird things to our bodies, cause anxiety, worry, and other health issues.
Let’s face the fact: we’re not immune to stress. Not a soul on this Earth can claim we are. But, we do have control over our reaction to stress, and this is what I wish to relay to you. We can turn our stress into motivation and its key in helping us get to where we want to be in life.

 

Stress in the Workplace?

I always go back to my debut gig at a grocery store called Riesbecks when I talk of stress in the workplace and dealing with a variety of customers daily. And the people will stress out even the strongest soul. Management wants this, this, and that done, customers think the produce clerk (my actual gig) should know every little thing about the grocery department and so forth. Then, there are the miserable souls working the service desk and the deli complaining about their lives in the break room.

 

Are we having fun yet?
I don’t know what you do for a living, but if the above describes you, I’m sure you can relate to stress. My question to you is how do you cope with stress? Do you go home, sit down, eat dinner, mull over the day, and drown yourself into deeper stress over watching TV and doing virtually nothing?
If the above paragraph sounds like you, then you need to cut it out tonight. No, don’t go to Friday Night Happy Hour or on a Saturday Night Expedition. In fact, don’t go out with your friends and try for some temporary relief, get to work on your passion right now.

 

Wait, work, after work?

Yeah, you guessed it. Remember that dream you mentioned once upon a time back in middle school before high school graduation set you off into this false pretense of reality brought on by your mom and dad who know absolutely nothing about life because they never questioned what your grandparents told them?
Get to work, but not work as in your day job. Get to work on that passion you’ve been holding off since you gave up somewhere between high school and now. Do you want to turn your stresses into something good? It’s time to start now.
Look, when you’re stressed, you have all the bad boiled up in you, and you’re going to go to bed feeling like this. Why not wake up energized and go to bed satisfied for a change? Want to have purpose in your life other than a simple nine to five gig or something you just can’t stand doing for another second? The time to act is now!

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The Future is Now

Your future is now if you allow it to be. No more holding it off saying I’m going to be this or I’m going to be that. What are you right now, at this very moment? Are you still the Pepsi Guy and can’t stand being there another second?
You need to find your passion, or rediscover your passion, see it through, set the world on fire, and shoot for the stars. If ‘they’ told you back in middle and high school it wasn’t possible, this is the opportune time for you to look the other way and say, ‘watch me.’
The world and the haters are watching, waiting for you to fail and fall on your face.

Maybe you will have a moment or two where this happens, or maybe you’ll persevere through the storm, rise up, and succeed. Once you do that, the haters will be so stunned they’ll be asking you how you did it.

Be a warrior, innovator, and adventurer.

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