Three Pillars of Stress-Free Success

It’s good to have a plan for a long-term piece of work, whether it’s a DIY project at home or a business improvement initiative. Before you put together a plan it’s a wise idea to have a clear picture of what you are aiming for.

Approaching self-development in a comparable manner makes it easier to motivate yourself and to see the progress you are making. It’s easier if you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve and what elements make up that picture.

The three pillars of stress-free success is a visual model of how stress-free success can be achieved. The model was developed when working with leaders in small businesses but applies to people in all walks of life. We all benefit from some leadership skills, especially the skills that we focus in on this model.

Whilst working with individuals in leadership roles some common traits have become apparent. These traits, or skills, help predict their overall success in life and work. People who invest in developing these skills enhance their success and the success of those around them.

  • They have strong values and have aligned their work and lives according to them.
  • They look after their mental and physical wellbeing.
  • They have a way of getting things done which is effective.
  • They have developed their skills in leading people whether in a formal work or informal setting.

You too can benefit from exploring these skills.

This diagram shows how three skills, built on a foundation of well understood values, support your stress-free success.

A diagram of a greek temple with three pillars


The way you lead your business, your team, your group, and yourself, is a major factor in your stress-free success.

Learning how to lead people, rather than managing them, will change how they respond.

Developing a coaching style, coupled with openness makes your people stronger so your whole team functions at a higher level, to take more pressure off you.


The way you get things done. The decisions you make, and the effort they take. Doing the right things at the right time. Personal effectiveness is all of these.

This is much more than productivity; it’s understanding your roles and allocating the right effort to each of those roles.

Tools, and the skills to use them, will help you achieve your success.


Looking after your mental and physical health is just the start.

Harness the power of ‘being lazy’ (at the right time) to make yourself more effective. It may seem counterintuitive to you, but it boosts good decision making and produces magnificent work.

You will learn how to turn off the things that drain you and focus on what energises you.

Aligning Your Values

To ensure that your values are aligned with your life goals you first need to fully explore which values are most important to you.

In the corporate world you often see Values Statements or motivational posters which espouse the values of the company e.g., Honesty, Respect for People. Although these are values, they are being used in a narrow sense and it is doubtful that everyone in the organisation shares all the values the company has selected.

For individuals there are many different values that can be held. When you think of values, think of what is important to you in life. There are many different values that you can hold, and to varying depths.

Values are beliefs that can be felt, especially when challenged. If the challenge is in alignment with our values, then we feel happy. Conversely, we feel unhappy or stressed if we act in opposition to our values.

Acting in alignment with our values is the first step in a stress-free life and a solid foundation to build upon.

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To find out how this model can be applied to help you feel less stress when working towards your successful life book a free call via the link below. You may find that you feel better just by understanding what is going on for you right now. You are under no obligation by having this chat.

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