Don’t let worry drain you
Thanks to http://designwithlife.blogspot.com/ for this wonderful pic and quote
Worry is a major stumbling blocks to success for many people. It is very easy to fall into a pattern of feeling anxious about things, and as this picture points out it drains you of the energy you need to deal with what is worrying you. If you get too stressed, you can actually make yourself unable to do anything.
When you have something that is bothering you, write it down on a list. Then look at your list of worries and ask yourself these three questions:
- Is it something I can do something about RIGHT NOW?
- Is it something I can do something about but not RIGHT NOW?
- Is it something I can’t do something about?
Based on your answer to these questions, you will categorize the worry into one of three categories. Then you will take action based on that category. By doing this, you can overcome worry and make it less of an issue in your life.
If it is something you can do something about right now, then just do it. By taking immediate action, and geting it dealt with right away, you end any need for worrying about it.
If it is something you can do something about, but not right now, then schedule it. For example if you need to set up a payment arrangement with the electric company, but it is Saturday and they are not open. Then set up a scheduled time on your calendar for say 10 AM Monday morning I will call the electric company. Then its set so no need to worry about it further.
Finally the hardest category of all, if it is something you can’t do something about. This situation is very tricky, because you are worrying about something you have no control over. In this case, you need to trash the worry. There are several ways you can do this, but you need to discard it.
You might write it down on a piece of paper and wad it up and throw it in a trash can. You might write it in a notepad file and trash it electronically. You might just do this visually by imagining your worry going into the trash. However you do it, make sure you really discard this worry so that it is no longer draining you and keeping you from your success.
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