In life, we are often confronted with situations that can be stressful or challenging. There is no doubt the last few years have presented a multitude. Over the years I've had this classic poster hung in various places, my office and my kitchen being two notable ones. It's something I aspire to even when I feel like I cannot.
I believe that, when facing challenging situations, whether it is in the workplace, at the sports arena, or with family at Sunday brunch, it's important to remain calm and collected rather than giving in to panic and irrational behavior. This approach can not only help us make better decisions, but also improve our overall well-being.
A calm approach leads to thinking clearly, resulting in better decisions. We have the opportunity to evaluate the situation objectively and come to the best solution. This helps manage stress, and leads to improved relationships with colleagues, coworkers, friends and family. It can also boost your self confidence.
A study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2015, titled "The Power of Quiet: An Exploration of the Positive Effects of Introverted Behavior," found that remaining calm and thoughtful can lead to increased self-confidence and better decision-making.
I know there are lots of reasons to panic and freak out, but I always try to keep calm and carry on.