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.

Conclusion

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.

Cheers,
Vincent


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13 Responses to “Why You Should Start Panicking Now (At The Right Time)”

  1. Credit Girl says:

    Ugh! This post has come at the perfect time! I’m doing a group project with an irresponsible person and I’m panicking ahead of time because what’s the point ofpanicking when it’s all too late!
    .-= Credit Girl´s last blog ..The Freedom of a Budget =-.

  2. used tires says:

    I’m one of those people who panic too early more often than not. Perhaps it’s my pessimistic nature that makes me doubt everything from the outset. I often look to my friends for guidelines on how to tackle and deal with situations the calmest way possible. Proper planning also helps avert panic situations.

    Till then,

    Jean

  3. Farouk says:

    that’s one new way of thinking about panic, i like your style of writing Vincent, keep it up:)
    .-= Farouk´s last undefined ..Response cached until Thu 13 @ 7:40 GMT (Refreshes in 23.84 Hours) =-.

  4. helen says:

    hi,vincent. I am putting off things owing to lack of ample knowlege to solve it.. Iike this post and also have linked it to my facebook..You know,I have been reading from here for one year. I knew your website from Tim Ferriss before. http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2010/05/12/living-well-vs-doing-well/
    .-= helen´s last blog ..No.1clicked Indie Folk Song in China,! By ??? =-.

  5. Hi Vincent.

    This is pretty healthy. The sooner we panic or feel a sense of urgency, the sooner we act, preventing future problems. We sure can do this.

    “When we start to panic or experience fear, our ability to perform usually decrease.” This is the main reason why working with a sense of urgency before that panic arrives is so valuable. When the panic does arrive, our efficiency drops bigtime. We become nearly unable to produce quality results, and then panic adds to itself to result in a lost situation.

    Prevention makes things smooth.
    .-= Armen Shirvanian´s last blog ..Really Helping Others Requires Inner Strength =-.

    • Vincent says:

      You are spot on Armen. When things got to a state of panic, our efficiency and effectiveness will dip. Proper planning and prevention is what we should do to avoid getting into a state of panic.

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  6. Good article Vincent.
    I came into a panic state after my financial affairs were crumbling down around us.
    I agree, you need to know when to take action. heres our story of doing 7 short sales:
    http://www.pechmanncoaching.com/about/my-story
    Thanks Vincent

  7. Panic and fear are two words that do not exist in my vocabulary. They are tools of suicide, and keeping a level head, even if your emotions are bubbling inside, is key to getting through a situation. Calm heads prevent people from getting hurt on many levels and that is what a good leader should strive for.