When the battle on the other side of the Atlantic is reaching its highest point, not only Americans but also a lot of people all over the world hold their breath while waiting for the end of the #USelections2020. Why?
Well, because the US has always been a super power and the rest of the world has always one way or the other depended on it. These elections are globally important, because it is not just about the internal politics inside the country for all of us the foreign policy is what matters the most.
The Economist points that foreign affairs played an important role in Donald Trump’s presidency from before it even began. Russia’s meddling in the election that brought his unexpected victory. Later on it was a lot of other murky stuff.
This all did a lot of damage to America’s reputation abroad. Around the world. A 13-country survey published by Pew Reseach center, show that the number of people with a favourable view of America is at its lowest since nearly two decades ago. Even the strongest and oldest ally Britain has changed its opinion - approval rating has dropped from 61% in 2016 to 41%.
It is obvious that the biggest part of the world would like to see changes in the White House, but it is the people of the US, who will choose.
Stress is simply inevitable in the lives of CxOs, entrepreneurs, and people who want to achieve a lot in any activity. Here I'm speaking from my personal experience first and foremost.
Managed stress allows you to achieve high productivity, but if unmanaged - it leads to burnout and a whole bunch of other problems. Again, personal experience.
Since I am constantly striving for the highest possible productivity, and would not want to burn-out again, I pay a lot of attention to the topic of stress management. At the same time, I think this is very relevant for many others as well.
Dealing with stress is hard. Cannot deny that.
On the other hand, the main principles are fairly simple - sports, sleep, nutrition, and recreation.
Anyone can (and should) become better at dealing with stress. I can't help but emphasize the analogy with sports that I like so much:
In sports, the main progress does not occur during hard workouts, but rather because of proper recovery. Well - rest, sleep, nutrition. Then proper recovery can lead to even better results. And so the cycle repeats.
Isn’t it the same with stress? I would say YES!
Most of my teenage years I used to be super shy with no self confidence at all. I remember having a mindset: “I will not start a conversation myself and only start speaking when someone asks me something or starts talking with me”
I had a terrible fixed mindset and thought I will always be like this.
Looking back at what helped me to crawl out of this hole, there were many things, but what layed the foundation was books on self development.
I still remember so vividly how I went to the library and borrowed my first book which was called “Self-confidence”.
After finishing that one book, I gained a whole new perspective and realized “wow, I can actually learn how to be better at social situations”.
Ever since reading that first book, I have been an avid reader, always trying to improve myself on every aspect of life, whether it is social, mental, financial, physical - you name it. There is just so much wisdom in books that can improve your life.
So my idea for you - if you have a teenage relative, friend, siblings etc. Gift them a book on personal development - my recommendation: D. Carnegie - “How to win friends and influence people”.
Best case scenario is that you may change their life forever, worst case scenario is that they won’t read it :)