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Chapter 1. Understanding Stress > Some Stress Is Necessary

Some Stress Is Necessary

While too much stress can have a negative personal impact, an appropriate amount of stress is an important part of being an effective person and employee. Without some stress, many of us would not bother to even get out of bed each morning. A certain amount of stress helps most of us stay on our toes and motivates us to achieve a standard of excellence that is a powerful step in promoting self-esteem. Finding a level of stress that is helpful in producing good results yet does not become debilitating is the goal.

The Yerkes-Dodson Law diagram below shows a bell curve that recognizes the stress level in one direction and efficiency or performance in the other. Each of us needs to find the level of stress that is most effective for becoming quality persons and quality employees. Optimum efficiency and optimum stress will vary for each of us, so there is no “right” standard. Finding our ideal is an important dimension so that we will be able to use the appropriate amount of stress in our lives.


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