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As a leadership mindset coach, I often remind my clients that while they may not be able to control their circumstances, they can control is how they choose to respond to them.

As a leader, this is particularly important when it comes to managing stressful situations in the workplace and business. (Actually, in your whole life too!)

TalentSmart conducted research with more than a million people and found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

Successful leaders understand that high-pressure scenarios are inevitable but they also recognize that their response to these situations is what sets them apart.

The ability to remain calm and composed under pressure is a key characteristic of great leadership. It allows leaders to stay focused, make clear-headed decisions, act as a lighthouse, inspire confidence and achieve better outcomes.

To help foster a calm mindset when faced with stressful situations, here are some tips:

– Be aware of your own stress response state. Slow down and be present. Some call this Mindfulness. Being present in the moment and fully aware of your thoughts, feelings, surroundings, reactions.

– Prepare for potential stressors: While you may not be able to predict every stressful scenario, having worked in medicine and risk management, there are some that you can anticipate. By preparing for these situations in advance, you can reduce their impact and manage them more effectively. This might involve developing contingency plans.  Setting clear expectations and goals. Or ensuring that you have the resources and support you need to handle challenges.

– Stop. Breathe. By simply taking a few moments to focus on your breath, you can cultivate a greater sense of calm and reduce stress levels. There’s science behind it… Try this now:

Focus on the area of your heart, take slow, deep breaths and imagine breathing through your heart area. Find a rhythm that’s comfortable for you. This can help to slow down your heart rate, relax your muscles, and clear your mind.

– Shift your perspective. The way you think about a situation can have a significant impact on your stress levels and your ability to remain calm. Rather than viewing stressors as threats or obstacles, reframe them as opportunities for growth and development. By focusing on the potential lessons that can be learned, you can maintain a more positive and constructive mindset.

Remember, research shows that developing a calm and composed mindset is a skill that can be learned and practiced over time. And it leads to success. By incorporating these tips every day, you can build greater resilience, manage stress more effectively, and become an even more effective leader.

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