How to Make Stress Your Superpower

You can start the online course "How to Make Stress Your Superpower" immediately below 👇! Additionally, you have received an email with a link to this course and can return at anytime.

👇 Start here! Part 1: Introduction [54 seconds]

It's nice to meet you! I'm the Chief Happiness Officer and it's my privilege and honor to discuss something as personal and as powerful as your happiness. Know I'm cheering you on every step of the journey. Feel free to reach out to me at anytime with additional questions or to say hello: shannon@happyatworkouts.com

Let the adventure begin,

Shannon


👇 Part 2: The Strange Thing About Stress [3:49 minutes]

Top 3 Takeaways

  • Stress acts like a "primal coffee" and results in a physical state when aggressive hormones heavily influence how the brain and body function for hours (and even days) after the initial stressful event.

  • In this stress state, the logical brain is limited in various ways because for 99.9% of human history, it was beneficial to react first and think later.

  • Common events at work are misperceived as "threats" by our survival radar and we instinctively and repeatedly release stress hormones throughout the day, without even knowing it.


👇 Part 3: Step 1 - Awareness [3:08 minutes]

Top 3 Takeaways

  • Because we've been desensitized to stress as a workforce, the first step to making stress your superpower is cultivating awareness.

  • Observing your emotions is the best way to do this and negative emotions are ALWAYS an indication of some form of stress, which again is a PHYSICAL STATE.

  • Negative emotions (stress in disguise) are a language and when you speak that language, you can distinguish between good (predatory) stress and bad (prey) stress.


👇 Part 4: Step 2 - Action [6:12 minutes]

Top 3 Takeaways

  • The second step to making stress your superpower is taking immediate action as soon as you recognize a negative emotion by changing the way you move or changing the way you think.

  • The reason why this is important is because your reaction to the automatic stress instinct determines whether the stress is good or bad (whether you're the predator or the prey).

  • To easily remember this, you have a "To Does" list. "Does" stands for a different happiness hormone and if you activate these at work throughout the day, you harness the power of the stress response.


👇 Part 5: Step 3 - Exercise Happiness at Work Like a Muscle [7:21 minutes]

Top 3 Takeaways

  • Because you can't control what instinctively stresses you out, the final step to making stress your superpower is to frequently and repetitively exercise happiness like a muscle at work.

  • Gary Vaynerchuk, for example, uses gratitude to turn "the grind" into good stress.

  • Stress is contagious through a wide variety of unspoken signals, like smell, therefore it's imperative as a leader and team member to build strong happiness muscles.

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shannon@happyatworkouts.com