Yes, let's move away from cortisol in high levels for prolonged periods in our body, it not only impedes your "Peak Performance" state in life and work, but also causes your body to start withering away.
The Essential Switch - Bad Stress to Good Stress!
This is were we switch the mind-state by developing Emotional Intelligence - the brain chemicals that generate enthusiasm for a challenge are different from those that respond to stress and threat - the big kicker, they don't activate cortisol.
We can achieve this state when our energy is high, our effort maximal, and our mood positive. To get here we need to secrete chemicals called catecholomines - they arouse us to action in a more productive way than the frantic urgency of cortisol.
How do you develop this ability to reach the 'balance point' to achieve peak performance? By doing exactly that, balancing your current workstyle with relaxation, and techniques of reflection, and body/emotion awareness - this allows us to develop impulse and self-control.
Impulse and self-control don't magically appear in your natural armory of personal tools - they arise out of experience, an experience that is develop from the techniques listed above.
Pause, Breath, Relax, Reflect and then Act - now you control your mind, before it secreted cortisol.
To do this you must practice the tools that bring you the ability to Pause, how to Breath, Relax and Reflect... the Action will happen beautifully on it's own.
The Winter is coming - let's get to our Peak Performance!