“Thinking about a problem will lead you to a solution. Worrying about a problem leads you nowhere.”
Good afternoon, friends. We had a communication blackout this morning so let's waste no more time. Let's get to it!
My kids were playing a game yesterday called “Pictionary”. One person draws an image of a given word or phrase, the next person guesses what the picture is and writes their guess, the next person draws their guess, the next person guesses and writes… you get the picture. My youngest son got “fork in the road”. You guessed it; he drew a road with a fork in it. How many of your problems, issues, challenges, what have you, do you deal with like my son and his picture, not recognizing the real issue is that you’re at a fork in the road between effort and worry?
When I was young I learned the moniker “worry wart”. It was tossed at me when I would worry unnecessarily about some problem or another. By now I’ve met chronic worry warts; I pray you are not chronic. But I’m sure when you face problems, issues, challenges, etc. the opportunity to worry instead of make effort sometimes wins. What I’m also sure of is we don’t often recognize the fork in the road.
The key to any fork in any road is to know the end of each choice. Worry, as attractive and seductive as it is, is a dead end. I have never, ever improved anything by worrying for even one minute. Have you? So whatever the fork, the worry road is useless and defeating. The other choice at the fork in the road is to face your problem, issue, challenge, etc. Here is where the strategy changes; don’t look at the daunting end. Look at the doable first step. However small it may be, take a first step. Then a second. Then a third. Pretty soon you’ll be so far down that road you’ll forget about the fork you stepped over a while back.
• Are you worrying about something today? What is it, specifically?
• What is one thing you could do to effectively and positively address the issue?
• How quickly can you do that one thing so you can get on to the second thing?
Worry is wasted money and lots of it. Don’t waste your time, energy or joy on worry. Be thoughtful and do something about it. The dividends will be incredible. I have great faith in you! Have a wonderful week!