The Danger of Worry

mindset Sep 04, 2017

“Worry is a small thing that casts a big shadow” is an old Swedish proverb that’s so true. When you worry about something, it seems harmless enough until you think through what’s really going on and how it impacts your business. The truth is you’ll never achieve the success you desire in your business if you spend ANY part of your day worrying.

Let’s dissect worry and what it does to you. You start the cycle off by thinking about something that could go wrong. You’re staring at every possible problem you can think of. This leads to fear which leads to indecision, causing you to either freeze or run from the idea altogether. This keeps you stuck in your current situation and eventually falling behind as others pass you by. Before you know it, you’ve gone from generating a good living to not being able to pay your bills. And it all started with that little nagging thought in your head called worry.

The truth is worry is interest paid on a debt you may never owe. All this angst does is take your focus from your potential to your problems, and they’re problems that aren’t even real; yet. But the more time you spend dwelling on them, the more likely they are to manifest themselves. Now there’s a big difference between taking time to identify potential obstacles when you start something new to come up with plans to deal with them versus worrying. Time and again I’ve seen people just like you put off doing something because of their worry and its’ accompanying fear kick themselves when they finally do what they’ve been putting off because they realize how they made mountains out of a molehill.

The simple fix to this problem is to be aware of your thoughts and to replace problem-focused thinking with potential-focused thinking. It takes the same amount of energy to think of everything that could go right and the benefits you’ll gain as it does to think about all the things that could go wrong.

Decide today to kick worry to the curb every time you catch yourself heading down that path and replace those thoughts with thoughts of determination, commitment, and success to show the world just how AMAZING you are!