The hardest part of dealing with a challenge is retaining a cool head. There’s this concept in the military called 4am courage, where if you were woken up in the middle of the night, how would your cognitive performance manage the haste and stress? People with strong 4am courage are able to keep a cool and sharp head, fully witted for solving problems, regardless of the mountains and obstacles ahead, surveying clearly any opportunities and threats, and finding the path ahead. Whenever I feel stress, I try to slow down my mind and my heartbeat, examining options without undo and cloudy restraints of anxiety. Mindfulness is more than a strategy for anxiety, it’s a problem solving tool. And I’ve gotten better over the years, a skill that can certainly be honed and broadened. Now, when I’m in a stressful situation, especially in a large group of people or a work team, keeping a cool head is half the fight. Today is a demanding one, where life strikes at all angles—but that’s alright. These moments are when you get to pull out all the tools and find out which are the sharpest. Song of the day: Miles Davis - "Green in Blue"