Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Don't Worry Be Happy When I was a kid “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin was one of the wake up songs my mom would blast through the house early in the morning.  The narrow lyrics of the song tells how trouble and problems seem to increase when you spend lots of time worrying about them.  These simple words still ring true even though worry can be an irresistible companion at times when you are knee deep in trouble.  While creeping up in the disguise of being prepared or realistic about problems worry can take over your life and change the movement you have in addressing your problems to being stuck in the mud of troubles.

The worst thing about worry is that its real goal is to eat up our most precious resource: time.  Once you see trouble on the horizon or even when you are knee deep in it, the thoughts surrounding those troubles can quickly eat up tons of time.  If you need to pay the rent and your money is funny the thoughts of the impending trouble can wake you up early in the morning and keep you up late at night.  Worry, as the slippery character it is, looks a lot like you are preparing for the worst.

            What you will do next?  Where do you go?  How do you get there?

As those thoughts fill your mind it can trick you to think by worrying you are working towards a solution.

The problem is that in this deceit of worry you forget one of the most important components of solving problems, ACTION.   With the time you spend worrying you could be working towards a solution.  Even if your idea is not a great one once you put it to action you are actively working to wave away the clouds of worry to get to where you can see things clearly.  Action breeds action and worry just breeds more worry.  Thinking about trouble or problems can be a great thing when you tie it to an action plan on what to do to address those same troubles and problems.  Here are some steps I take to combat worry and turn those thoughts into a plan.

  1. Recognize when your thoughts turn to worry
  2. Accept that worrying does not change the troubles or problems on the horizon
  3. Start a list when you start to worry (action breeds action so think of some things in your control that can start to address the problem)
  4. Accept your plans may not be a complete solution (something is always better than nothing)
  5. Start working your plan (take the first step and trust that further steps will come to you later)

The steps may be simple but they are an easy way to settle your mind about the things out of your control and motivate your mind on the things in your control…YOU!!!



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