Stress, Stress and More Stress

Stress, Stress and More Stress

Learning to manage stress can change your life.

Not long ago the top stressors were considered things that affected you externally. These were things that you felt you had no control over. The original Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory of the top 10 stress inducing things were: death of a spouse, divorce, marital separation, jail term, death of a close relative, injury or illness, marriage, loss of job, marriage reconciliation and retirement.

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Pressing the Reset Button

Reset Button

Recently, a MLEK senior partner was having a casual conversation with an accomplished artist who learned to press the “reset button” relatively early in life. The artist was struggling as a young person working in a factory doing the same thing every day. For some people, this can be very rewarding work because their personal contribution makes a potential difference to the success of the whole company. For others, there is a disconnect. For this artist, there was no inner peace – no satisfaction – no purpose in working at the factory. No raison d’etre. It didn’t make any personal sense. Soon depression and doubts set in. Was this supposed to be what life was about? Was everyone supposed to have a calling? The job offered no passion, no joy, no fulfillment.

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Is There a Cycle of Motivation That We Can Tap Into?

Is There a Cycle of Motivation That We Can Tap Into?

If you casually search the web for information or insights on the value of motivating your staff, you will find no shortage of articles, opinions or strategies. One area, however, that is not discussed is the cycle of motivation. Why are there peaks and valleys to what motivates us? Can we sustain motivation throughout our careers? What blocks or prevents us from remaining motivated in our jobs? Most employees externalize the concept of motivation by asking the question “who can motivate me? This imposes a hurdle to motivation. If we want to truly feel engaged and rewarded for the work we do, we need to keep the following three basic criteria in mind:

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