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Pressure burst pipes or it makes a diamond. While both types of pressure can technically lead to the desired outcome. One (pipe burster) will create a mess that will require cleaning before you can even attempt to move forward, while the other just produces the jewel you are working towards.

As someone who usually thrives under pressure, I have learned the difference between the two and more importantly why it is smarter and wiser to eliminate the one that is on the verge of "bursting" and use the other to help me produce.

The pressure is part of life. The pressure is created by deadlines, goals, expectations, and standards. When pressure is used correctly it can be an asset instead of a hindrance. Pipe bursting pressure forms when we are ignoring and/or avoiding something that needs to be addressed and handled. This type of pressure makes us irritable, frustrated, and anxious. You know that saying "a sigh of relief?" When you release this type of pressure that is exactly what happens mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Diamond producing pressure on the other hand makes us feel empowered, energetic, and innovative because it causes us to rise to the challenge. This type of pressure is the direct result of stepping outside of our comfort zones. It happens when we are about to enter new territory, elevate our experience, or breakthrough to a new level. The release of this type of pressure feels powerful and celebratory as it is usually directly connected to a major accomplishment.

The goal is to get quick at recognizing when you are under "pipe bursting" pressure and then move quickly to release it.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself and begin the process of release:

1. What tasks and/or hard conversations are you avoiding?

Avoidance is a form of self-sabotage. We avoid what we fear and ironically most of us fear success, not a failure. This is why you struggle to send the invoice, ask for the business, or create content that promotes your business. As for hard conversations, we avoid these in an attempt to eliminate confrontation because confrontation ignites the fear that the relationship might be ending.

2. Are you letting urgent become an emergency?

Urgency increases productivity. Yet, if not handled when it is still in the urgent category, it will quickly become an emergency. An emergency causes you to lose control because you now have to give all your time and energy in an attempt to stop the pipes from bursting.

3. Are you punishing yourself?

One thing women have a terrible habit of is not giving themselves permission to recognize, celebrate, enjoy their wins. Women are natural taskmasters, which is why the majority always have a running "to do" list. While the list is great for staying organized, it becomes handcuffs when used as a reminder of what's not been accomplished.

As I said, the pressure is not "bad." It is an emotion that will propel you into your purpose. The key is to understand the difference between the types, discern when it is working in your favor, and then transform it into a tool for growth and development.


I’m Kandis Troutman, The Creative Architect. I'm a mother, teacher, and spiritual seeker focused on purpose walking and serving others. I help women activate their God-given power so they can transform their purpose into a prosperous business.

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