As an actively engaged entrepreneur in business, I understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy forms of stress.

I also understand the very big difference between stress and pressure. One the world tries to do to me, and the other I mostly do to myself.

Self-induced pressure can be a good thing, but I guarantee you that world induced stress ~ is not.

The mostly unhealthy stress that the outside world manufacturers and dumps at the doorstep of your life daily, can only serve to break you down. It is actually depressing the very mental endorphins you need to ‘fire and ignite’ (imagination, aspiration, hope), on the right side of your brain. To fire and ignite, so that you can win.

I cannot underscore enough how important it is to refresh yourself — often if not on a daily basis. You would be surprised to learn how much of our so-called problems are not actually external to us. But the one thing I can guarantee you, is the solutions to your problems are not.

Welcome to Refresh Yourself Monday.

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John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and is the only 2010-2012 bestselling business author in America who is also African-American. Hisnewest book, due out May, 2014, is HOW THE POOR CAN SAVE CAPITALISM, and will be published byBerrett Koehler Publishing. Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

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