Last week, one of my students approached me for guidance. This student had been experiencing in their own words, "a ton of stress" surrounding classes and the assigned work. It wasn't that he couldn't do the work, it was that he was stuck in a permanent state of fight or flight around the idea.
Instead of counseling him to "just do a better job" or to simply his work. I told him that he need to gain perspective about and learn to control his levels of stress. The reason being that our culture (and almost all other cultures before us) have used stress to wage a silent war against those that need to be controlled. The more stressed and in fear you can keep those you need to domineer, the better for your own aims not being circumvented by the means of the others.
Our schools, are businesses, our world is built to stress us out as a way to take our true control from us. So, what did I tell this student, who happened to be 11 years old. "Learn to control and get rid of your stress effectively and you free yourself from many of the mind games that this world will try to play on you.
While this is very short, the message is obvious. The greater the control you possess over your ability to process stress, the greater your abilities for success.
There's more about this to come, but I want you to think about it... Moving forward..