Author(s): Sharon Melnick
From overflowing priority lists to power-hungry colleagues to nagging parental guilt, stress is the defining characteristic of most of our lives. Real help is here-an all-encompassing, stress-busting tool kit that goes far beyond breathing exercises and visualization techniques. Such one-size-fits-all methods are no match for the stressors we experience daily in our overcomplicated lives. Whether you have too many projects, your confidence is flagging, or you are clashing with a coworker, Success Under Stress provides a flexible array of strategies. You will learn how to: * Adjust your perspective to see opportunity instead of obstacles * Alter your physiology to get focused when overwhelmed, energized when exhausted, and calm when wired * Change the problem to prevent the stress from returning All in all, Success Under Stress offers a veritable arsenal of "magic bullet" solutions-hundreds of situation-specific, quick-acting tips for defusing stress and boosting productivity. Complete with quizzes, examples, exercises, and more, this practical book helps you gain control, exude calmness and confidence amidst everyday chaos, and achieve the success you richly deserve.
SHARON MELNICK, PH.D., is a business psychologist dedicated to helping professionals "get out of their own way." Her practical tools are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field-tested by over 6,000 training participants and coaching clients.
CONTENTS Acknowledgments xi Introduction: What This Book Will Do for You xv SECTION I Constant Stress: Reclaiming the Power to Succeed 1 From Survival Under Stress to Success Under Stress 5 2 Controlling What You Can Control: The 50% Rule 19 SECTION II Taming the Stress of Too Much to Do and Too Many Obstacles 3 Changing Obstacles to Opportunities 33 4 Get the Calm and Focus of a Yoga Class in 3 Minutes (or Less) During Busy Work Days 51 5 Strategies to Reduce Overload When Everything Is a Priority 74 SECTION III Solutions for Self-Imposed Stress: How to Care Less About What Other People Think 6 The Fastest Way to Build Confidence 113 7 Quick Fixes to Eliminate Anxiety 132 8 Techniques for Turning Self-Criticism into Self-Confidence 141 SECTION IV Rx for Relationship Stress 9 How to Stay Rational When Someone Is Driving You Nuts 161 10 Shift Instantly from Anger to a Cool Head 182 11 How to Get Other People to Stop Stressing You Out 189 SECTION V Create Success Under Stress All Around You 12 A New Perspective on Balancing Your Work and Life 211 13 Call to Action: Getting Others to Own Their 50% 218 Appendix The Top 12 Resilience Strategies for Success Under Stress 221 Endnotes 223 Index 233 About the Author 249