How To Win Against Stress: Core Principles For Success

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Winning Against Stress Part 4

This is the fourth article in a six-part series on how to win against stress. If you missed any of the three previous articles, here are the topics that will be covered in each of the parts of this series along with links to the three parts already published:

How To Win Against Stress:

Creating A Winning Game Plan

Adopting A Winning Mindset—Part 1

Adopting A Winning Mindset—Part 2

Core Principles For Success

Core Strategies For Success

Leadership And Coaching

In addition to having an uncommon but winning mindset for defeating stress, you will also need a few core principles and some associated core strategies if you are serious about becoming successful. Today, I will talk about some of the core principles you will need, and in my next post (fifth in this series) I will talk about some of the core strategies.

Core Principles For Success

If you’ve been following this blog regularly during the past two years, you’ve already been exposed to some of the most powerful core principles for winning against stress. These core principles were revealed during the first three months, but the important ones have been repeated multiple times since then.

Here are some of the most important ones, with links to the first time they were discussed:

  • You are not the problem—This is the first principle that’s of utmost importance. If you are not dealing with stress as well as you can (as opposed to as well as you believe you can), you are not the problem. The problem is that we live in a world today where stress is badly misunderstood and where most of what you’ve been taught to believe about it isn’t really true. Learn to identify and correct the major myths about stress which are so prevalent in our society, and your natural ability to deal with stress successfully will begin to emerge.
  • Stress is just a word—This is another key principle which many people have trouble accepting. Contrary to popular mythology, stress is not simply an exaggerated or inappropriate “fight or flight” response, nor is it best defined in purely physiologic or hormonal terms. The physical components of stress are only part of the story. To understand stress in all of its many forms, you need to keep reminding yourself that stress is just a word we have invented to stand for unwanted or unhealthy problems in our lives. Any other “definition” of stress ever invented by the human mind is just a more limited (and therefore incomplete) version of this more universal definition which can account for them all…plus more.
  • Stress management is not the answer—Another key principle essential for winning against stress is the recognition that most stress management techniques address mainly the symptoms…and not the causes…of our day-to-day stressful problems in life. The only way I know of to truly win against stress is to learn how to pinpoint and then deal with its underlying causes.
  • Internal vs. external causes—And when it comes to focusing on the causes of stressful problems in your life, the most important principle you can adopt is to recognize that internal causes are often just as important (sometimes more so) than the external causes that most people tend to focus on.

In additional to the links provided above for the initial articles on these four core principles, you’ll find that each of them has been explained and further developed in multiple other posts on this blog.

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