Consider how many times your thoughts are prefaced by the phrase “what if…”. Unless you are in targeted planning mode developing a strategic plan, you my friend are in worry mode. If you are a creative person, you have the abilities of greater imagination and visualization. The object of your worry becomes larger and more looming.
You flinch and do not take bold steps. Time will slip away as you mentally cycle through (worry over) every eventuality and do not act. You physically manifest stress, the partner of worry. OK, we all know this. How do we break the cycle.
Tony Snipes is on point for my belief system. He outlines specific steps to effectively leave worry with God.
Ask yourself these questions when worry surfaces:
- Is this true?
- Is this something I can do anything about right now?”
- What if the “what if” really happens? What will you do next?
These are shrinking tools. Typically, you find your worry shrink and your feeling of confidence increase. You decide what is yours to control and what is not. You focus on what you are capable of and free to carry out.
What tools do you use to diminish worry?