"If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been." ~Robert H. Schuller
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't." ~Henry Ford
There isn’t much upside to worrying. It’s stressful and typically unproductive. One of the big lessons I have learned over the years is that it also wastes time. It wastes time because most of what we worry about simply doesn’t end up happening. All that time spent thinking about what you would do goes to waste because it was unlikely to occur in the first place. Now let me draw a quick distinction. I’m not talking about worrying about getting the central functions of your job taken care of, that’s your job. I’m talking about all of those incessant and small negative thoughts that come into your head when you seemingly have any free brain space. It is these things that “might” happen or “could” occur that just add worry to your day. But if you think about these, how many of them came into being? Not many.
Our brains are amazing things and are capable of far more than we give them credit for. One thing that can occur is that if you don’t keep your brain engaged in constructive tasks it starts creating things be engaged in. One of the juiciest things it can work on in its spare time is coming up with seemingly constructive things to see how many “what if” it can be concerned about as possible. And while there is usually a small filter on it as to how likely an event is to occur, that isn’t always the case.
Take control of your brain by staying consciously focused on things that are constructive. Yes, risk mitigation is one of those things, but there are limits to it. If you let your thoughts control you, then you will start thinking about increasingly less likely things that could happen. While I could just use the title of this post to say “Don’t Worry!” it’s best that you tackle it at the root by refocusing on constructive things before the “worry spiral” picks up momentum.
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