Worry is a total waste of time. It doesn’t change anything. All it does is steal your joy and keeps you very busy doing nothing.
Do you worry too much? Find yourself anxious about tomorrow’s exam, next week’s presentation? I know I used to be. My physical body and mind did not exist in the same frame of time. While I did one thing, my mind was already worrying about future tasks, affecting my effectiveness on the task at hand.
What is man’s greatest fear? Death? Why do we fear death? What is on the other side of death we fear so much? It is the unknown. Therefore, man’s greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
So what does fear of the unknown have to do with worry? Let me explain.
We worry about matters because we fear the possible outcomes. Fear of failure. But what is so frightening about failure? It is what is on the other side of it that brings about fear: the unknown. Therefore, we’d rather not think about what would happen if we fail, and so we spend countless hours worrying.
This arises anxiety and even depression.
Following the 3 step worry plan will cure this problem once and for all.
1) Identify the worst case scenario. What is the worst that could happen? Vividly imagine the worst possible outcome.
2) Accept the worst case scenario as if it already happened.
3) Plan possible solutions to get out of that scenario. What are the things you’d do to recover from failing miserably? What is your immediate plan of action? This way, you would have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. Because you’ve already accepted failure, any better outcome is a WIN.
Go through this 3 step plan BEFORE you go ahead with a task, an exam, a goal, a speech, anything. You will notice worry and anxiety leaving your body.
And when there is nothing to worry about, your mind will be clear of the mental haze and fog that blocked its ability to perform at its peak.
Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
This is not to say all efforts in preparation are in vain. This is just a simple solution to curing worry, so you can have piece of mind to lead a happier and stress-free life.
As best selling author Tim Ferris says, ‘My greatest moments in life was when I asked myself one simple question: What’s the worst that could happen?’
Note: If worry and anxiety is depriving you of everyday happiness, I recommend the bestseller ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’ by Dale Carnegie.