We worry about a lot of things in life. People have reminded us of the detrimental habit over and over again, yet we still revert to worry-mode when our subconscious gets ahold of the mic.
If quotes, encouraging stories and endearing speeches can’t get you to stop worrying, I would like to present a tangible solution. My good man, Mr. Mark Twain once said, “Drag your thoughts away from your trouble… by the ears, by the heels, or any way you can manage it.”
So, I have developed a valid “managing” system that Mr. Twain himself would probably take me up on.
May I present:
“The Worry Book”
Yep. Pretty self explanatory. Print this cover page and fashion yourself a makeshift book, staple siding and all. When you start to worry, write the concern down in your “Worry Book”.
Because thanks to “The Worry Book”, worrying will actually be productive. Here are at least 8 helpful revelations “The Worry Book” will gift to you:
- Worrying is a lot of work and you’ll stop wanting to “clock in”. (The goal).
“A day of worrying is more exhausting than a day of work.” – John Lubbock
- Your talent as a worrier may actually be a skilled fiction writer in disguise.
“Worry is a misuse of imagination.” – Dan Zadra
- Or you could realize you are in fact a bad (even boring) worrier.
- You may have a promising career as a comedian.
- You’re a horrible psychic.
“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” – Michel fe Montaigne
- Your concern radar is really off-balanced.
“I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.” – Steven Wright
- Worry is a bad GPS and you need to update your system.
“Worry only leads to more worry.” – Anonymous
- You might be a bit of a life narcissist.
“Worrying is most often a prideful way of thinking that you have more control over life and its circumstances than you actually do.” – June Hunt
- Worrying has never been a secret to success – but curiosity has. Instead of worrying about your dilemmas, shift worry into an innovative place (you obviously have the creative energy for it). Play around with different ideas that could work and you just might solve that problem with thoughts that actually matter.
A note from the author: Enjoy (?) your “Worry Book”! When you make a tangible correlation at how time-consuming and irrational worrying actually is, you will eventually opt to spend your time and behavioral patterns differently. You may question if you need to add a straight-jacket to your wardrobe after only a month of writing in “The Worry Book” but rest assured, straight-jackets are only for people who don’t know they’re crazy – and now, you fully know how looney tunes you can be… so you’re totally safe.
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