In our last +1, we did our best Boss impersonation as we reinterpreted our sweaty palms and racing hearts as a sign we’re EXCITED and READY TO GO rather than as a sign that something’s wrong.
When I read that passage in Marie’s book, I immediately thought of some parallel wisdom from Jon Eliot’sOverachievement.
Recall that Eliot is the guy who told us that we want tokeep our V-12 engines and learn how to manage all that power rather than swap it out for a lawnmower engine. And, he told us that we want tobe more like squirrels than Einstein when we get ready to perform.
Here’s the passage I thought of as I read about the Boss’s Bossness.
Eliot tells us:“Thephysical symptoms of fight-or-flight are what the human body has learned over thousands of years to operate more efficiently and at the highest level. Anxiety is a cognitive interpretation of that physical response.”
That energy we feel when we’re about to perform?
Eliot tells us we need to remember two more things:
"1. Everything that your body does to you when the pressure is on is good for performance...
Pressure is different from anxiety; nervousness is different from worry.”
One more time: Everything is inherently empty of meaning. We get toCHOOSE the meaning we give to any and everything that’s happening to us. (Period!)