Myth: Stress is the best motivator.
Smart About Stress: Top 10 Myths You Need to Know. The following is an excerpt from the article.
Often people think that they won’t get anything done unless pushed by stress — a last-minute or short deadline on a project, for example. “We often confuse motivation with stress,” Chandy says. “While they both get us going, one serves to build us up and one depletes us.” (Just think about your ability to function at your best when panic-stricken. Now consider how much better you would have done if you weren’t up against a ridiculous, self-imposed or manufactured deadline.) But it can be scary to take a step back from a way of operating that you think has worked well for you all these years. You can build motivation in healthier ways without falling back on procrastination stress by “remembering the purpose and value of the task, as well as the peace and satisfaction that comes with completing it,” Chandy says. Focusing on growth and accomplishment (rather than fear of failure) can also build your sense of accomplishment and self-esteem, and serve as a good source of motivation to help you succeed.