A business friend of mine is constantly worrying. She tells me it works for her because it motivates her to get work done. But what if she decided to stop worrying? Would it really kill all her inspiration, or would it make it easier for her to achieve her goals?
There is nothing empowering about the process of worrying
During my research for this piece I stumbled across a video about how to quit worrying. Leo (a vlogger from actualized.org), whole heartedly believes that “There is nothing empowering about the process of worrying.” He says it will not make you productive. In actuality you will be 100% more productive if worry was not present. I agree with Leo and his ideas about optimistic attitudes. So how do we stop our minds from automatically worrying?
Change the way your mind reacts
Whether you are at work or home you need to become conscious of when and where you worry. It is the first step in your mission to quit. So each time you notice yourself worrying, take a moment to breathe, then visualize a slingshot propelling it away. You will then need to distract or divert your attention to something positive and productive, replacing the stressed out thought with something you feel you have some control over. You will have to practice this over and over again until it becomes automatic. Stay busy with projects, reading, music, or exercise. Since your mind can only have one thought at a time, make it a good one.
Be grateful for what you have
The point is that when you worry about your life and your business, you are actually taking it for granted. When in reality there are so many less fortunate people who would kill to have your problems. Every day be grateful for what you have. This positive shift in thinking will bring down your stress levels and bouts of worrying, in turn boosting your productivity and ability to give all you can give.