Whenever I feel overwhelmed or uncertain about the future, I follow the advice I was given by an older, wiser colleague. It is surprisingly simple but enormously effective.
Archive for worry
I read a story last week about workplace productivity in decline after the election. Employees are struggling to stay focused on their work. Why? Anxiety. The American Psychological Association conducts regular polls to track stress levels and causes. The most recent poll found a majority of us are worried about the future of the country.
I seem to be always living in the future. I’m either planning my next big project or worried about how it’s will turn out. But all I really have is now. This moment is a gift. Maybe that’s why it’s called “the present.”
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As I got up this morning, I realized how very similar worry and imagination
really are. Both of them involve visualizing the future. In a sense, worry is
simply an unproductive use of imagination.
There are numerous things you have zero control over. You can’t control the weather, the economy, or the actions of others. Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about these things. It’s a complete waste of time. Worry does nothing to change them. It only makes us miserable. It also turns us into victims.