There is a decided difference between tension and stress. I suspect for many of us the two get confused.
Stress is a very misused word. It is generally defined as a state that invokes the flight or fight response. Physiologically, stress enhances alertness and actually slows down non-essential functions such as the digestive and immune systems. A stress state can be very useful to cope and power though something in a short period. However, if prolonged it can cause serious mental and physical health issues and is certainly no way to live your life.
Tension on the other hand can be an amazingly powerful force to cause meaningful shift in our personal or professional lives. Tension can be defined as being pulled in two different directions. Our natural inclination is to break the tension and solve the issue. Seems logical. How about a different approach? Hold the tension. Gain a personal awareness of the opposites and get comfortable with where you are. You will find by accepting the pull of the opposites, and therefore holding the tension, that you will shift inside and the answer, course of action or personal orientation required to deal with the situation, will manifest itself. These moments of personal insight and awareness can be profoundly meaningful. However, like the stress state you would not want to be in a constant state of tension.
Entrepreneurs are driven to action and strive to succeed. Stress and tension can be two very useful tools is the pursuit of your ambitions. Make sure you use the right tool for the right job. You will Accelerate when you do.