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Calm before the storm

by Adam Zack — October 23, 2019

Adam Zack

Winners remain calm under pressure.

I think I can speak for the group of us when I say that we all love being in a state of calmness. There’s no emergencies going on. We’re relaxed, focused and content. Calm is organized, aware and productive. It’s not distracted or interrupted. Calm comes after a good night’s sleep and isn’t easily distracted. Winners remain calm under pressure, even when the pressure is intense. We all want to remain calm, and want others around us to do the same.

I have learned, however, that staying calm is not a piece of advice that can be easily given. Telling someone to “Just stay calm” or “Calm down” usually has the opposite effect. Something along the lines of “Don’t you tell me to calm down! I am calm! YOU calm down!!!!” Calm doesn’t have exclamation points. Ever. So next time you find someone on your team or your family in an obvious non-calm state, the way to get them to calm the F down is by how you behave in the situation. Leaders stay chill under pressure, and the team follows.

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2 responses to “Calm before the storm”

  1. Bree says:

    Excellent message. So true. I once worked in a hospital emergency department. Calm was the key to focusing on the first thing to do, and in keeping the patient from panic. Thank you for this reminder.
    I try to stop, breathe, think, then act calmly.

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