Why You Should Start Panicking Now (At The Right Time)13 Comments May 8, 2010 / Posted in Personal Development
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Panic – a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior Resource
Most people panic at the wrong time.
Panicking at the wrong time is a waste of energy. Most people panicked too late and it causes a negative domino effect. One bad thing may just lead to another.
Some scenarios may include panicking when the dead line is near or when exams are near the corner (In fact, I’m in my exams period now). When we start to panic or experience fear, our ability to perform usually decrease. It is hard to be at your best when you are in a worried state and burning midnight oil to meet your deadline.
The Good And Bad Of Being Caught In A Panic State
As I had mentioned, our performance usually dips when we are in a panic state. You may suffer from mind blocks or simply cannot perform efficiently and effectively. However, this state of panic instills fear in you, which push you towards taking action.
In fact, a panic state is a double-edged weapon. You can either use it for your own benefits or use it against yourself. When you have fear that you do not have enough time to meet your deadline, you usually spring into action right away. Even though this is a good thing, it creates unnecessary (read this article on 15 ways to deal with stress) stress on yourself.
The key here is to panic at the right time.
When you panicked too late, you create stress on yourself and you suffer from a dip in performance. What worse is that you can’t do much about improving your current situation.
What if you start to panic earlier? If you are able to get yourself into a panic state at a further time from your deadlines, most probably you will spring into action right away without the added stress of looming deadlines.
I learned this lesson the hard way. Now I know that being caught in a panic state is a good thing, as long as it is at the right time.
I believe most of us have moments when we are caught up in the panic state. What do you think are the factors that hold you back from panicking earlier and taking action? I look forward to your comments below.