Worry is a monster that will drag the soul through hell. We often fret over things that we cannot control. The thoughts of “what if” plague our minds. Why do we worry? Is this some self preservation mechanism? Or, is this a bad habit that we have developed over time? To answer these questions we need to get to the root of the problem. Sometime when we worry about a situation it is due to the fact that we oppose the possible outcome that is about to transpire. Most of the time the situations we fret over have negative impact on our current standing. We would love for that not to happen.
When faced with a problem, ask these questions. Let’s say we forgot to file a very important report that may cost the company a huge client. What is the worst possible outcome? Identify the hazards, and determine the worst one. “I may get fired.” Can I avoid it? “It” refers to the worst case. This is a simple yes or no question. Always assume the answer is yes. How? Make a list of things that can be done. Rank them from most effective to least effective. In this scenario we could just go to the personnel needing the report and be honest. Letting them know will afford them time to prepare for the consequences. In doing so it would be wise to state our corrective actions. Another option may be as simple as reprinting the report and getting the signatures needed. What can I do to soften the impact? We should always expand on our plan. Ask yourself what else can be done in conjunction with your preparation. Accept your fate. In order to have a clear head we must stop worrying. It is impossible to worry and think productively at the same time. Take ownership of the situation and responsibility for your action. No matter what the outcome is, we should be proud that we did our best to improve our situation. Even if that means we get fired. Getting fired only affords us a chance to find a better job.
Stay positive. Sometime a fender bender can bring a new client. Our attitude says a lot about who we are. Always ask “Is our action professional?” With discipline, we can learn to not display anger. Yes, we’re mad. Yes, it’s an inconvenience to our plans. But, what if that moment of inconvenience brought us a golden opportunity? Imagine if your actions enlightened others to be the same way. Even if it was 1 person out of 100, aren’t they worth the time and effort. I know I am, and you are too.
Remember to stay calm, stay positive, and stop worrying. This is a huge step in overcoming obstacles in order to maintain our happiness.
Thanks for taking the time to read, and my we always have a clear head to see the silver lining.