Everybody worries about something at sometime or another. Right now, you’ve probably even got a few worries on your mind. You might be thinking about a situation at work that’s causing a problem for you. Maybe you’re worried about your health and well-being. Whatever the case, worry happens whether we intend it to or not. This becomes a problem, though, when worry starts to take over.
So, what is the goal? Is stopping worrying enough to put you on an even keel, or are you hoping for something…more? What if, instead of worrying, you could become excited, then use this excitement to get more done?
Let’s look at seven ways to turn worry into excitement:
Focus On The Present
Worry has a way of trapping you anywhere but here. Either you’re worried about something which happened long ago, or you’re caught up in fretting about something still to come. Neither is going to get you anywhere. To stop worrying, you need to focus on the present.
What interests you right now?
The present is a very important concept in mindfulness meditation. When we meditate, we should focus on the present moment and avoid letting our minds wander. This is because if our mind wanders from one thought to another, we will not be able to focus on what we are doing. It is like trying to hold sand in your hands and then noticing that it has slipped through your fingers. In meditation, we try to avoid this.
Realise Worrying Gets You Nowhere Fast
Worrying stops you cold. In fact, most procrastination is caused by worrying. With this in mind, why are you spending your time and energy on worrying? Sometimes the simple act of recognising and acknowledging the time you spend worrying will be enough to derail it altogether. Especially when you have better things to get on with.
Throw Yourself into Something Interesting
Worry needs your attention to survive. Get busy doing something that will engage your mind, and you’ll find you are able to focus on something more positive.
Don’t try to do too much at once. Focus on one thing at a time and give it your undivided attention.
If you try to do too many things at once, you will only end up with a cluttered mind so have a goal you want to achieve no matter how small. When you start work, make sure that you are clear about what you are going to accomplish. That way you will know when you’ve reached your goal and completed what you set out to do. You’ll have a sense of achievement which is well worth celebrating too!
Rewrite Your Script
If you worry about what may happen and see everything blowing up around you, try focusing on the perceived disaster. Ask yourself how you could do things to handle the situation were it to happen.
Once you have it, go through the scenario in your mind. Visualise yourself having everything under control and knowing how you’re going to handle everything. Rewrite the script from perceived disaster to a well oiled machine.
Worried about something you need to do later?
If the show is being done in real time, then you can never be sure how things will turn out. The best way to do that is by rehearsing your own performance. If you can do so beforehand, then you’ll know exactly what you’re going to do.
If you have a dress rehearsal planned out in your head, things will go smoothly and you won’t have to worry.
Challenge your worry. Dig in and get to the roots until you understand your worry intimately. Ask yourself where the negativity came from. Peel back the layers until you get down into the heart of the matter.
Worry is a habit. It can be hard to break, but it’s worth the effort. You can work on this one and change it into something more productive.
Try a New Path
In the end, worry can become very attached to the familiar. Challenge yourself. Find a different way to do things. Explore where this path takes you.
We have the power to make choices and take actions to change our situation.
The main point in all of these tips is to enjoy the journey. This is where you find the excitement, determination and motivation, which leads to getting things done. The rest is all momentum and a whole lot of brand-new accomplishments just waiting to happen!
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