Leveraging Anxiety

Anxiety is good for our creative selves.

We’ve just got to know how to play our cards right:


by Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Last summer, I had been in the trenches with all of you, working on a HUGE, complicated project.

I was writing the final chapters for my first time management book for McGraw Hill, The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress.  Although it was a very intense two months, it was fantastic to see that my principles withstand the test of extremely challenging circumstances. Plus, I learned some important new lessons that I’m looking forward to sharing with you. One of them is this:

The Importance of Leveraging Anxiety

It may seem odd for me to encourage you to “leverage anxiety.” Isn’t anxiety bad or simply some sort of mental weakness?

Well, yes, and no.

On the one hand, anxiety separated from reality can have all sorts of counterproductive effects like causing you to shut down under pressure or to frantically throw yourself into an activity. We don’t want to allow emotional compulsions to control us so in these instances working on your mental game with positive affirmations or meditation can really help.

But when anxiety rises in you based on the recognition of a true problem, you shouldn’t ignore it, but leverage it.

But if you’re using the techniques I describe in this post, and still start to feel anxious, you can channel that sensation into productive action in these ways:

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