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Harnessing Stress for Success: Transform Your Mindset to Thrive!

Sherry Jackson |  Envisage Wellbeing, LLC  |  KNOW Phoenix

In the fast-paced world of ambitious entrepreneurs and professionals, stress often seems like an unavoidable negative force. However, by applying Dr. Carol Dwek’s mindset research, you can transform your stress mindset and turn pressure into a powerful ally! As a life strategist, clinical hypnotherapist, and coach, I’ve seen firsthand how adopting the right mindset leads to unparalleled success and resilience.

Dr. Carol Dweck introduced the concepts of “growth” and “fixed” mindsets. A growth mindset is the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort, learning, and perseverance. In contrast, a fixed mindset is the belief that abilities and intelligence are static and unchangeable.

Imagine an entrepreneur with a growth mindset facing a failed product launch. Instead of seeing it as a roadblock, she views it as a learning opportunity, analyzing what went wrong and applying the lessons to future ventures. Conversely, a professional with a fixed mindset who believes, “I’m just not good at public speaking,” will avoid future speaking opportunities, believing she cannot improve.

We can respond with either a growth or a fixed mindset, depending on the circumstances. Recognizing and addressing these domain-specific mindsets can help you apply a growth mindset more broadly across your life.

Reframe, Rewrite, Restructure

Changing how you see situations can transform your challenges into strengths. Here are some practical ways to reframe your narrative and transform how you experience the world:

Understanding the Signs: The physical symptoms of stress (like a racing heart or sweaty palms) are your body’s way of preparing for a challenge. When viewed negatively, these symptoms can escalate stress into anxiety or panic. Instead, see them as your body’s natural response to optimize performance. Reframing these symptoms can prevent anxiety and help you maintain control.

Personal Narratives: Remember when you faced a significant challenge and overcame it? Reflect on the strengths and strategies you used. When you experience a setback, reinterpret it positively. How would you have liked it to be? How do you wish it had felt? Rewrite a new narrative in your mind, remembering your strengths and strategies. This soothes your nervous system because the brain doesn’t distinguish between real and imagined experiences. You can let it go and move on by rewriting how you feel about it.

Positive Reinterpretation: When facing a stressful situation, take a moment to write down how this challenge can lead to growth. For instance, if you’re nervous about a presentation, write about how this experience will improve your public speaking skills and build your confidence.

Restructuring: Breaking down a big task into smaller steps can make it more manageable. Smaller steps provide you with feedback along the way that can help you improve and adjust. And don’t forget to celebrate; by celebrating your milestones, you will build confidence and shift your mindset.


As a coach and hypnotherapist, I combine stress reappraisal and growth mindset techniques to help professionals harness stress and reach their highest potential. Through tailored hypnotherapy and coaching, clients learn to see stress as a valuable resource, enabling them to thrive in high-pressure environments.

By adopting these research-based insights, you can transform your relationship with stress and unlock new levels of success and resilience in your professional journey! Mastering this mindset and teaching it to those you mentor can boost morale, increase productivity, and encourage positive risk-taking. Remember, stress is not your enemy; it’s a powerful ally waiting to be harnessed. Turn stress into a source of strength and thrive amidst the challenges of entrepreneurship and professional life. Transform stress from a roadblock into a launching point for success.

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More About Sherry 

Sherry Jackson is the owner and founder of Envisage Wellbeing. She is a Life Strategist, clinical hypnotherapist, and speaker. With over twenty years of corporate leadership experience, she is passionate about empowering ambitious entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve their highest potential professionally and personally so they can thrive and avoid burnout.