Managing your emotions and remaining calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance, according to Travis Bradberry, writing for Forbes.com.
His consultancy, TalentSmart conducted research with over a million people, and found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress, allowing them to remain calm and in control.
The author also notes that new research from the University of California has revealed a positive aspect to experiencing moderate stress levels. A study led by post-doctoral fellow Elizabeth Kirby found that stress can entice the brain into growing new cells responsible for improving memory. However, this effect is only present when the stress is intermittent, and prolonged stress suppresses the ability of the brain to develop new cells.