The word Stress means a lot of things: we seem to pack more meanings into it every day. Slowly those meanings begin to contradict each other, tumbling steadily into nominal fallacy – the idea that we understand something simply because we’ve given it a name.
Wrapping up thoughts in names is necessary. It’s difficult to think if you question the truth of everything, the rabbit-hole is too deep, a premise must hold somewhere, yet it’s cause for concern when our misunderstanding of a word leads us to places we don’t want to go.
This is happening with the word ‘Stress’, and if we don’t do something about it now, we’re gonna to have a real mess on our hands.
'Good Stress’ is a contradiction. ‘Good stress’ doesn’t exist. ‘Creative Demand’ is better.
Creative demand: A demand that doesn’t overwhelm you, yet asks for your full involvement of attention and abilities, due to its necessity and importance.
Let’s get a feel for it. Here are a few sentences I hear all the time, yet now I’ve replaced the word stress with creative demand:
”Creative demand gives me an edge”
”If I didn’t have creative demand, I’d never get anything done”
”Creative demand helps me focus”
”I work better under creative demand”
Stress has the opposite effect of creative demand. It’s the wrong word. If you’re stressed in these examples, you’re blundering through life. You’re not doing things as smart as you could be. Your time, and everybody else’s, is being wasted.
One way to describe stress is powerful, useful and stunningly articulate – another is mostly irrelevant.
You’re here today because your pre-historic ancestors were better at stress than everybody else.
Some may also say you’re here today because you once had a tail – then tails became irrelevant.
Stress is a now mostly a liability; you’re exhausted at the end of a day, not simply because what you were doing was difficult, but because your body and mind acted inadequately. You had to consistently stop yourself from going ‘wild’.
At your desk, Afternoon, Thursday:
[E-mail] ‘It looks like you’re going to have to redo that piece you did for us. We need it by friday. Sorry about the short notice. Thanks.’
[Your body] Kill kill kill kill
[Your mind] ‘Find a club, or some heavy blunt object, and destroy everything. Punch the nearest person in the face – right now – just do it.’
[You, reply e-mail] ‘Hahaha, that’s fine guys! No problem! I’ll have it to you then. Thanks for giving me this chance! By the way, did you see the soccer match the other night? Great game huh? Anyhoo, caio.
Stress is the bodies reaction to overwhelming demand. It’s not very useful in modern life, because it’s mostly meant for killing things or running away from them.
When stressed you react destructively to demand. The quickest way to ‘just get it done’ is the best. You’ll look like you’re losing control, and you will be.
How to do smart.
The world is full of people ‘just getting things done’ , just getting by – the destructive approach to demand. Things stay the same, or get worse and worse, until other people are forced to change them.
The modern world needs people to be creative in the face of demand; these are the people who will change the status quo. These are the people who will be celebrated. These are the people will not only survive, but thrive.
These are the kind of people who’ll be leaders in their chosen fields.
Nominal fallacy is an unavoidable objective phenomenon.
Creative demand is a horrible word. I already dislike it, and besides, it’ll only get butchered anyway. Any words we try to give to a ‘just get by’ kind of mind has a limited life-span. It’ll quickly come to mean the opposite, or worse.
We don’t need more new words, we need more new people. People who not only ‘get things done’, but are working towards being creative, adaptive, humane, intuitive, unselfish, change oriented and achingly authentic.
I don’t think we’re ready for a word that describes that kind of person.
Perhaps, we never will be.
These people will name themselves.
They’re not going to do it in a rush.
Daily Meditation is good.