The Real Evil - Leadership SHIFT Tip

Have you been there? You know the place — your palms are sweaty, your heart is racing, and your stomach is full of butterflies. You’re stressed — cortisol and adrenaline are rushing through your body. Things are bad, right?

Well, not necessarily, stress needs a new PR firm. It isn’t all evil.

From an evolutionary perspective, stress helped us run away from those lions, tigers, and bears and fight our enemies. It got our heart going and blood pumping. Without it, well, it’s not a pretty ending.

Athletes know that stress makes them stronger. All those intervals and high-intensity workouts pull them out of their comfort zones. It’s the type of effort that they love to hate because they know it’s the only way to get faster.

No, stress isn’t all evil when we embrace it and love the suck of the struggle. But it needs to be measured. Acute stress, at work and play, makes things happen. Just ask a procrastinator or a CrossFit guru.

But chronic stress, without any recovery, is a different story. It can leave us feeling depleted and stuck. It can also lead to injury, alter neuroplasticity, disrupt sleep, suppress our immune system, and reduce productivity.

Today in the States, we celebrate Labor Day and the hard work, grit, and, yes, stress that built this country.

Celebrate with some rest because stress isn’t all evil, but your lack of recovery is. Hit the hammock, try meditation, or chillax with a movie or a good book. I would recommend The Princess Bride, and you already know which book I would recommend.


Happy Labor Day America. You can have fun storming the castle tomorrow. Today you can rest.

p.s. All proceeds of Shift this Labor Day weekend are going to Hurricane Harvey Relief. If you’ve been inspired by my memoir, please share the Amazon link so we can help more folks in Texas.

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering
- Winnie-the-Pooh