In a recent survey by Buck Consultants, it emerged that stress is the
primary concern of UK employers, regarding their employees’ health, with
72% of the respondents being concerned about stress. The publication of
Brilliant Stress Management tomorrow is clearly timely.
One of the biggest causes of
stress is anxiety and, like all causes of stress, the best way to deal
with it positively is to find a way to take control. Let’s take a look at
seven ways that you can eliminate areas of anxiety in this way.
1. Make a List
When you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, the first step is to make a
list of all of the things that are bothering you. Seeing them on paper,
confined to the lines of a page, will immediately strip them of some of
2. Evaluate the Risk
Strip away even more power by objectively evaluating the risk associated
with each thing that concerns you. Ask:
“How likely is this to really
If it does happen, how much of a threat does it really pose?
if it does pose a serious threat,
how long have I got to prepare?”
the biggest threats are either likely or serious: rarely both.
3. Make a Plan
Now ask: “what can I do?” This is where you assert maximum control. Plan
how you can respond to each worry, to defer the threat, mitigate the
impact, or diminish its likelihood. Also consider who can help you, and
bring in reinforcements.
4. Stay on Top Form
At times of stress or anxiety, your immune system’s effectiveness can dip
and your reasoning can diminish. So take care of your physical and mental
health, with a combination of good relaxation and plenty of sleep,
exercise and fresh air, and a healthy diet.
5. Own up to your Fears
There may still be things you fear. Confront them: admit that they are a
problem and assert yourself and your will over them. Picture the thing you
fear as an image in your mind’s eye. Imagine that this image is on a TV
set – a small portable. Now turn the contrast down to make the image fuzzy
and turn the colour down to make it washed out and grey. Now picture the
TV moving away from you and the image diminishing until – Pop!- the cable
snaps and the image disappears.
6. An Anxiety shared…
Talking about your anxieties with a trusted friend will help you get things
into perspective. It will also give you a feeling of support – an ally to
stand with you. If this is too uncomfortable to do without increasing your
anxiety, try writing down your worries and share them with a notebook.
Imagine that your closest friend or wisest acquaintance could read them
calmly: what would they advise you?
Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer” urges us to change the things we can, and
accept the things we cannot change. You may be anxious, or even fearful,
but if there is truly nothing that you can do, accept the possible future
as your fate, and move on from it – even before it happens. Don’t
dissipate emotional and physical energy fighting a battle you cannot win.
Instead, look for “what next?” as a new arena in which to exert
Management is out tomorrow,
and I notice Amazon has already processed some
pre-orders. Learn more about Pearson's marketing campaign for the
book in the news and views column on the right.
www.brilliantstressmanagement.co.uk for details, or
buy from Amazon.
The first three
strategies are fundamental risk management. For more on
managing project risk look for my new book, "Risk Happens!
Managing Risk and Avoiding Failure in Business Projects".
buy from Amazon.
Not a lot of People
One of my favourite weekly tasks is to write an
article for the Management Pocketbooks blog:
"The Management Pocketblog".
This gives me an opportunity to read up on any management related topic,
and write about it in any way I choose. Recently I have focused on
business strategy, and some of my favourites include:
On Competition: Five Forces
R.I.P. Corporate Clone: Arise Insightful Executive
What makes good business strategy?
Does Management Performance Increase Profits?
How to Understand your Toddler
I'm very proud of the work I have done, building
up the blog. It now represents a strong archive of articles about
management (currently over 80, with a new one each week). It's
getting nearly a thousand view each month.
Time Management Articles on
Top Business Sites
I am also pleased that my articles on time
management are starting to appear on some of the most prestigious business
"How to Conquer Procrastination"
SMEweb has "Overcome Overwhelm"
bytestart has "How to successfully manage your time via the OATS
If you know of any high quality site that would
like an article, do let me know.
www.Brilliant-TimeManagement.com for more details, or
buy a copy from Amazon.
Management is published tomorrow. In September, it
will be Brilliant Book of the Month at WH Smith travel bookshops, so if
you are flying around the UK, you should see it on sale. It is my sixth book.
Managing Risk and Avoiding Failure in Business
Risk Happens! is selling well. If you are one
of the many people who have enjoyed one of my Project Management seminars
or training courses, here is you chance to get more of my ideas, focused
on the crucial area of risk management.
is accessible to new project managers, yet has tools and resources that
will give experienced hands new ideas too. It includes 60 invaluable
tables and checklists, and 57 figures and diagrams. There is a full list
on the Risk Happens!
website, along with free downloads of risk management tools.
If you or
one of your contacts book me to speak at an event, on project management
or project risk - either a keynote or a seminar - before the end of
August, I will provide 20 free copies of Risk Happens! for you and your
Either call me on
08456 441349, or use the
contact form on my website.
Brilliant Project Leader
will be my next book, with publication in December. This is a wider
amplification of much of the material in my
Practical Project Management Seminar.
Brilliant Project Leader
Marshall of Appearance Management and I had a great planning session,
and our one-off seminar in
October is really taking shape:
How to Make a Stronger
when Selling and Presenting
It will be from 9am to 1pm on 4 October, at Fetcham Park House in Surrey.
I will speak on business influence and how to present a
persuasive argument, and Angela will explain how having the right
professional image and business etiquette will give a great boost to your
You will also get
complimentary copies of my book,
and Angela's book, Being Truly You in the
More information and
booking alternatives are on
the Stronger Impact
website, or on
We have added three extra
dates for my new seminar,
The Three-hour MBA (afternoons) along with
Brilliant Time Management
(mornings), in September. These are on:
14 September: London
RIBA in Portland Place
22 September: Manchester
29 September: Birmingham
I will also be in London on 28
September, with with
Practical Project Management
Control Risk and Avoid Failure in Organisational Projects
I have added a
calendar to my website, where you can see
all of the dates, and you can book by calling 01227 252100.
My focus this
... is on writing, responding to press enquiries, and new speaking
engagements. If you know a conference organiser
who is looking for an engaging speaker with great testimonials, please do
send them to my website:
www.mikeclayton.co.uk. If you need a speaker now, just
contact me using the links below, or
the contact form on my
website. You can download my
speaker pack here.