We all worry. It's part of what it means to be human and it used to serve us. Back when we were hiding from sabre tooth tigers and needed to use our in-built fight or flight responses with alarming frequency, worry was useful. Today, statistics reveal (rather worryingly; ironically) that we have become more anxious than ever before. And yet worry doesn't serve us as much as it used to. Not only does it not, as Charlie Brown famously said, "stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good", worrying actually impedes our cognitive ability and makes us less able to find solutions to the problems we are actually worrying about!
So what do we tend to worry about the most?
OK, so let's explore these a little before moving on to some solutions.
But, one thing I know for sure is, worrying about not having enought of it will not help you earn more of it, nor resolve your money issues. Worrying about money may help you to spend less but worrying, in all instances is not helpful. Worrying actually makes you less able to solve problems and find solutions.
So how can you go from being a mind-worrier to a mind-warrior?
By equipping yourself with this knowledge from the science of positive psychology, you can create adequate space to respond better. As a friend recently said, being more responsible and accurate with your responses, enables you to become more "response-able." And that's all about choosing how we respond, how we deal with our worries and judgements and how we move forward.
As Victor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of Man's Search For Meaning, wisely said:
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
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