The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
Being an achiever can be a stressful undertaking – there’s no doubt about it. As William James points out here, the good news is that we have a great weapon to combat stress: our ability to choose what we think about and dwell on. When something challenging happens or someone says something you don’t particularly like, take a second, take a deep breath and remember that you are in full control of how you react. You may have had little or no control of what was said or what may have happened, but you have full control over your thoughts and your actions. That’s very good news indeed. Use it to your advantage.