Don’t stress (too much)!

Coaching is a way to manage stress

Counter-intuitively, morale and stress can be independent variables.  Low morale and low stress create apathy, high morale and high stress create hyperactivity.  With high morale and low stress, we become easy-going, low morale and high stress and we burnout.

There is a sweet spot where we have high morale and enough stress that we feel challenged to act.  It is there where we are most effective.

A way to define stress: the unacknowledged fear that something you already experienced will happen again.  If that is the case, how do we find the sweet spot?

An effective way is to become future-oriented – forget about the past and what happened there - by setting clear goals and working towards them with the belief that they can be achieved.


The role of a coach is to help build energy and commitment so that a goal becomes achievable in the mind of the coachee and acting towards the goal is the obvious pathway to take.

Coaching is a way to reduce stress down to the sweet spot and, a little surprisingly, increase stress up to the sweet spot where apathy has set in.

In environments of high stress, we need to slow down, take a breath, be clear where we are going and what are next step is, then act again. In environments of low stress, we need to do the same.

High morale and the right level of stress is how we thrive.

John Corrigan is an expert in helping individuals to bring their whole of mind to their daily life and increase their effectiveness and the effectiveness of those around them. This expertise scales from the individual to the team to the organisation. At the core of this work is the practice of encounter.  Earlier blogs can be found here.

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John Corrigan