I used to worry. A lot.
It probably came with being a mom and I’m pretty sure there are many of you who can relate. I was an equal opportunity worrier though, doing my best to worry about every aspect of my life because there was something about it that just felt right. Then I started observing it in my children and I began to worry that my worrying was creating them to worry… and I started to re-think my neurosis.
Worrying feels productive. Yet when you really look at it, worrying is an energy drain with no real upside.It is like having your foot on the gas while your car is in neutral.
I was inspired by another coach to go cold turkey last year and although it hasn’t always been easy, it has helped me make decisions about things that feel more productive. I have a daily meditation practice which helps and when my eyes are open, I just try to stay where my feet are. My mind wants to bounce – it’s pretty normal I think (I hope) but I am committed to the process.
Do you worry? Has it ever had a positive impact on the situation, or does it put you in the spin cycle? Worrying is something we chose to do, and you can un-chose it if you really want to.
It all starts with awareness.