Our goal is not to eliminate stress but to learn how to manage it and how to use it to help us. What we need to do first is find the optimal level of stress which will individually motivate but not overwhelm each of us. Then we need to manage the unrelieved, excessive stress. However, identifying unrelieved stress and being aware of its effect on our lives is not sufficient for reducing its harmful effects. Just as there are many sources of stress, there are many possibilities for its management. All require work toward change: changing the source of stress and/or changing your reaction to it.