In this Expert Insight Interview, Anne Grady discusses how to deal with stress through resilience, mindfulness, and training your mind to focus on the positive things in life. Anne Grady is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and two-time TEDx speaker. She has spent the last couple of decades working with Fortune 500 companies and various other organizations to help teach resilience. Her new book entitled Mind Over Moment: Harness the Power of Resilience came out on September 3rd, 2020.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- How to build resilience through consistent practice
- The power of keeping a positive mindset
- The importance of trying not to put yourself down
Resilience is a set of skills, habits, and behaviors that you can cultivate, practice, and hone. Whether we like it or not, life gives us plenty of chances to practice it. Even though we have so many ways to deal with our stress, through books, seminars and classes focusing on it, we end up reacting our way through life.
If we can be more deliberate, we can step out of that reactivity and create a life that we’re excited about. This can be done by making small, subtle, mindful choices throughout the day.
Focusing on the Positive
When you try not to stress, you inevitably end up stressing yourself out even more. Instead of trying to lessen the amount of stress we feel, perhaps we should focus on trying to generate more positive emotions.
This can be done by figuring out what brings us joy, makes us laugh, makes us feel grateful, allows us to be connected with people socially, doing good for others etc. These emotions are very powerful in canceling out our stress. So, the goal shouldn’t be to stop stress; the goal should be to offset it by training your brain to focus on the positive things in life.
Being Kind to Oneself
Humans are amazing at gathering the smallest pieces of evidence that prove the negative. We’re capable of completely blowing past all the huge signs pointing to how we did something right, but we’re experts when it comes to putting ourselves down.
If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself. We believe what we tell ourselves, and confirmation bias means that we start actively seeking out all the evidence for our negative thoughts. The bottom line is that the way we think about stress is more important than the stress itself.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.