Synopses & Reviews
“The ability to get greater results and preserve well-being amidst change and challenge is the defining skill set of our times. Read this book—it is packed with life-changing insights and practical tools to put you in control of your own success.”
— Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
Overflowing email. Endless to-do lists where everything is a “priority.” Pain-in-the-neck colleagues. A crisis suddenly dumped on your desk. Nagging guilt. No doubt about it: For most of us, stress is “the new normal.”
Each day amid a steady stream of anxiety-producing events, it gets harder and harder just to stay afloat—and keep the tension from affecting your personal life—let alone achieve your next level of success. Conventional wisdom says we should eat right, get enough sleep, and take a deep breath. All good. Yet, even these don’t always seem sufficient now. And anyway, who has the time?
Business psychologist Sharon Melnick spent a decade researching tools and techniques for staying resilient and productive even under chaotic and ever-changing circumstances. In Success Under Stress Melnick supplies a treasure-trove of the most effective quick-fix tools that you can use immediately to:
Get back to sleep in 3 minutes if you wake up at night worrying about work
• Increase the time you have to think—and to finish your high-priority work
• Boost your productivity dramatically by following one simple, but very powerful rule
• Turn obstacles into opportunities by getting the emotion out of situations
• Keep a cool head—even when others drive you nuts
• Turn self-criticism into self-confidence, and speak up more powerfully at meetings
• Increase your focus during the day (and keep things from falling through the cracks!)—and have more energy left at night.
Success Under Stress provides a veritable arsenal of “magic bullet” solutions for increasing your productivity and minimizing your stress. It will help you turn down your internal pressure-cooker, remove friction from any relationship, and derive more career satisfaction than ever...all while exuding a level of calm and confidence that you’ve never known before.
SHARON MELNICK, PH.D., is a business psychologist and stress-resilience speaker dedicated to helping professionals “get out of their own way.” Her practical tools are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School, and field-tested by more than 6,000 training participants and clients.
“Melnick’s writing is level-headed, insightful, and instilled with positive energy. Each chapter in the book included helpful examples, relevant techniques, useful tools, and action plans.” --ForeWord magazine
From overflowing priority lists to power-hungry colleagues to nagging parental guilt, stress is the defining characteristic of most of our lives. Real help is here—an all-encompassing, stress-busting tool kit that goes far beyond breathing exercises and visualization techniques. Such one-size-fits-all methods are no match for the stressors we experience daily in our overcomplicated lives.
Whether you have too many projects, your confidence is flagging, or you are clashing with a coworker, Success Under Stress provides a flexible array of strategies. You will learn how to:
• Adjust your perspective to see opportunity instead of obstacles
• Alter your physiology to get focused when overwhelmed, energized when exhausted, and calm when wired
• Change the problem to prevent the stress from returning
All in all, Success Under Stress offers a veritable arsenal of “magic bullet” solutions—hundreds of situation-specific, quick-acting tips for defusing stress and boosting productivity. Complete with quizzes, examples, exercises, and more, this practical book helps you gain control, exude calmness and confidence amidst everyday chaos, and achieve the success you richly deserve.
About the Author
SHARON MELNICK, PH.D., is a business psychologist dedicated to helping professionals “get out of their own way.” Her practical tools are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field-tested by over 6,000 training participants and coaching clients.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What This Book Will Do for You xv
Constant Stress: Reclaiming the Power to Succeed
1 From Survival Under Stress to Success Under Stress 5
2 Controlling What You Can Control: The 50% Rule 19
Taming the Stress of Too Much to Do and Too Many Obstacles
3 Changing Obstacles to Opportunities 33
4 Get the Calm and Focus of a Yoga Class in 3 Minutes
(or Less) During Busy Work Days 51
5 Strategies to Reduce Overload When Everything Is a Priority 74
Solutions for Self-Imposed Stress: How to Care Less About What Other People Think
6 The Fastest Way to Build Confidence 113
7 Quick Fixes to Eliminate Anxiety 132
8 Techniques for Turning Self-Criticism into Self-Confidence 141
Rx for Relationship Stress
9 How to Stay Rational When Someone Is Driving You Nuts 161
10 Shift Instantly from Anger to a Cool Head 182
11 How to Get Other People to Stop Stressing You Out 189
Create Success Under Stress All Around You
12 A New Perspective on Balancing Your Work and Life 211
13 Call to Action: Getting Others to Own Their 50% 218
Appendix The Top 12 Resilience Strategies for Success Under Stress 221
About the Author 249