Worry is quite consuming. It consumes your time, it consumes your thoughts, it consumes your energy. Not only does it consume those things, but it also has a drastic negative effect on the rest of your outlook on life, your overall health, not to mention it causes you to become distracted on not have the proper perspective in your everyday life. Worry can be contagious, worry can ruin your day, your week, or even an opportunity that is staring you in the face.
Worry does a lot of things to a person, but what if I told you that research has shown the 85% of the things we worry about end up having a positive outcome. And of that 15% of the time it doesn’t have a positive outcome, nearly 80% of that time people have stated they felt they handled the outcome better than they thought they would. For all you math whizzes out there, that means only 3% of the time we worry, does it come out badly.
What if there was a way to effective cure the worry syndrome? Well, the good news for us, there are a few simple things we can do to make worry come to an end. The biggest and most important thing we can do is to get all the facts of the situation before we start to process things. Most of the time, we just assume most of the things going on in our situation that causes us to worry. All that assuming leads a person to come up with made up information. The imagination is a powerful tool, but it can also be a powerful enemy if we allow it to. When we fail to get the facts, we are just opening up the door and inviting worry to come in and take over our life.
In order to eliminate worry from your life, you must be willing to get the facts and change your perspective. To get the facts, take some time to really analyze what is going on. Ask yourself, “Is this really what’s going on, or am I just assuming it’s what’s going on?” Nearly every single time we start to worry, it’s because we don’t have the facts and if we would just take a few minutes to clear our head and understand what is really going on, we would eliminate a lot of worry.
Now that we have the facts, how do we change our perspective? What if we’ve gotten all the facts, and they still point to a bleak outlook? There are 3 things you can do in order to eliminate worry, even if the facts are going against you.
Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can’t solve my problem?” Be serious about that question. Answer it honestly. If you can’t solve what’s in your way, what is the absolute worst thing that could happen to you?
Next, if it’s necessary, prepare yourself by accepting the worst thing that can happen to you. If you can come to terms with the worst thing that can happen to you, then worry has completely lost it’s battle. It’s a hard thing to do in some situations, but you gain the victory over worry at that point.
Once you have accepted the worst, improve on that situation. Most of the time when we worry, our mind is clouded and we can’t think clearly. Once we can accept the worst, our mind is now free of worry and the conscious part of your brain can focus on other things. In a sense, the clouds have lifted and the sun has come out in your brain. Now, take the worst thing that could happen to you and make it better. You will be surprised on what type of outcome you will get and you’ll most likely fit in that 85% of people having a positive outcome.