For most of my life I was a worrier. I would always worry about what could go wrong, over thinking everything and living in a constant state of stress. The more I talk about this the more I realize many others feel the same.

The reality is that the vast majority of the things we worry about never happen - so why on earth do we worry about them? Worry can take away so much enjoyment from life and it can have a major impact on your business.

So how can we worry less? It is easier said than done of course, but here are six ideas that I have used to help me become much less of a worrier over the years:

1. Most of the things we worry about are things that could happen in the future. This means that people who worry excessively spend way too much time living in the future and very little time being present right here right now. So spend more time living day by day.

2. Worry is driven by fear - the big "what if?" To take the power out of this fear, ask yourself what are the very worst things that could happen regarding the particular problem that you are worried about.

Visualize that it has happened. Then think about what your life would life after that problem has happened and most importantly think about what you will do to get on with your life. This takes a lot of the fear out of the worry as you come to terms with the problem and you have a plan to deal with it if it occurs.

3. Acknowledge that you have done the best you can regarding a particular issue or problem and that that there is nothing more you can do. If you haven't done the best you can - go back and do more. When you can put your hand on your heart and say and believe that you can't do any more, it seems kind of futile to worry, so you tend to stop.

4. Understand the damage that worry does to your body. It can become a 24/7 immense stress that can lead to all kinds of health issues. Once you realize the price you pay for worry, you might not be prepared to pay it.

5. Deal with facts not with fiction. Try to reprogram your mind to not worry about anything until you have all of the facts in front of you. Most of the time we are worrying about things that are nothing more than rumor and they will never actually happen.

6. Keep away from people who fuel worry - and there are plenty of them. These are the prophets of doom and the misery mongers. Do whatever you can do keep these folk at bay and don't buy into their negativity.

 

Published on: Jun 28, 2016
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