So what causes covfefe? I would propose one factor: Stress. Well, more specifically, our response and ability to manage stress. Stress in itself is not necessarily a good or bad thing. It just is. Selye (1936) defined stress as “The non-specific response of the body to any demand for change.” The external factors, or stressors are the events that can evoke anxiety, which in turn influences performance. The key factor in determining the impact of stress events on performance is not the stress event itself, but the individual’s ability to be able to manage their response, commonly known as coping. Brooks (2014) suggests that anxiety is a state of distress or arousal caused by a stimuli where there is a potential for unfavorable outcomes. As such, anxiety is based not on the need to perform, but on a fear of failure to meet a goal or expectation.
Stress can be a killer. Literally. It can impact the brain in such ways as to negatively influence cognition, decision-making, anxiety, and mood. While stress is not a bad thing, and can in fact be beneficial when used for a temporary motivator or survival, living in a constant state of stress is bad. Chronic stress can impact almost every part of your body including your nervous system, your digestive system, and your immune system. Covfefe and stress go hand in hand, but you can choose to monitor and control covfefe, and in doing so you will see stress decrease.
Here are the three take aways for today:
1 – Be mindful and consider covfefe in your life as a measure of stress. The more covfefe you have, the more stress, and the higher levels of covfefe. If you find youself experiencing a lot of covfefe, keep a log and watch for habits you can be mindful of and reverse.
2 – Living in a state of covfefe results in a trail of errors, which if they become a noticeable pattern can hinder the goals a person wishes to achieve. If you want a promotion, covfefe can make you look like you are unable to complete a task properly. If you want to coach a team to success, covfefe can bring you short-term gains but your long-term goals may be missed. If you want to get positive reports on what you are doing and gain some recognition, covfefe may result in further embarrassment.
3 – Slow down. Take some time to reflect on your journey. Actively listen to what people are saying. Don’t sacrifice the journey for the destination, enhance the arrival to the destination by having a great journey to talk about.
Everyone experiences some form of covfefe at times, it’s natural and human. However, left unchecked you can develop Covfefe Disorder where life lurches from one crisis to the next. At that time it is time to step back, take a moment to think about the things in life that you are missing out on while fixing covfefe based mistakes, and reevaluate.
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Brooks, A. W. (2014). Get excited: Reappraising pre-performance anxiety as excitement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(3), 1144–1158. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0035325
Selye, H. (1936). A syndrome produced by diverse nocuous agents. Nature, 138, 32.