Stress And Success: Does Stress Motivate Us To Have More Success?

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Fairy tale unicorn theme image 2There is a common false belief that some amount of stress is good for us.   This goes along with a similarly mistaken notion that stress helps to motivate us to be more successful.

I understand why these two beliefs have become so popular in our society today.  After all, many of us tend to wait until the last minute to spring into full action. We put things off until our anxiety levels rise and then we use this heightened emotional state to force ourselves to get our rears in gear.

Stress Is Not Required

And while all of this may be very true, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Stress is not required for us to be productive.  Just because stress is very common doesn’t mean that it is absolutely necessary.

We all have the ability to be self-motivating.  We have the ability to organize our lives to get things done in the limited amount of time we have.  We have the ability to be proactive rather than “reactive.”  We even have the ability to self-impose deadlines—just for the fun of it—instead of living in fear that externally imposed deadlines will soon come crashing down on us.

Social Endorsement

Unfortunately, stress-free self-motivation is not something we commonly talk about.  It’s not much good for complaining to your friends or co-workers.  It doesn’t get you any sympathy.  It’s not good for making excuses or for blaming anybody or anything.

You see, the myth that stress is a motivation is purely a social invention.  And like most socially-endorsed, disempowering  belief systems—it spreads like wildfire.  Then, it becomes so much a part of our folklore that most people become reluctant to question it.  Even fewer have the courage to challenge and reject it.

So there you have my assessment of how the fable that stress is a motivator got started…and why it’s so very difficult to convince people otherwise.

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