I work with a colleague who is the embodiment of what it means to be calm. I have been in a number of meetings with her, and I don’t think I have ever seen her losing her cool, ever. She listens carefully and responds with well thought out questions while I am trying not to lose my mind! I learn a lot from her.

The second incident which brought this issue to my attention was from a weekly newsletter written by Ryan Holiday (author of the Stillness is the Key) about the power of stillness. I can highly recommend subscribing to this insightful publication about Stoicism, an ancient philosophy with practical applications.

Calmness and stillness both imply a level of control over one’s emotions, actions and mindset, especially under difficult and challenging circumstances. But to reduce calmness to the sum-total of mastering one’s propensity to anger or keeping one’s emotions under control, it’s also about focus.

Calmness brings into focus our ability to access deeper thought and cognitive processes by excluding interruptions such as ringing phones, buzzing text messages, non-stop social media posts and many more. If we want to achieve more, be more creative, find better solutions and possibly enjoy our workday more, finding calmness and stillness is key.

We don’t need to always be rushing. Many problems and issues are resolved reasonably easy. Few things ever turn out to be calamitous.

Follow the OODA principle each day: Observe. Orientate. Decision. Action.