Have you ever noticed how when a rubber band is kept at its maximum tension for a long time that it loses its elasticity? That can happen to people. When you perform at your maximum stress level for a long time, you can lose your effectiveness. We all know what happens. Sometimes the pressure builds up until finally it snaps and there is a breakdown. Have you ever heard someone say, “He had a nervous breakdown.”? Nerves do not break down. Nerves may be severed, but they don’t break down; PEOPLE break down when they are subjected to excessive stress.
September 21, 2003