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See Why Worry Slows Reaction and Absolutely Kills Momentum

Have you ever taken a look at the masterpiece by Edvard Munch entitled “The Scream.”

Well, it portrays a level of worry that goes past being a minor irritant to a level of being frozen in fear.  It’s shows worry that is gut-wrenching and destroys all focus beyond it.

Ever reached that level of worry in your life?

sad-72216_1280I would venture to say most of us have!

It’s a real problem because if not overcome it can destroy any momentum we might like to establish in getting on with the rest of our lives.

All worry stems from negative thinking, in my opinion.  Think about it…if you were focused on positive things your overall momentum in life would be forward not frozen.

Moving forward sounds better to me than being frozen in debilitating worry.  How about you?

Amelia Earhart made an interesting observation about worry when she said:  “Worry retards reaction and makes clear-cut decisions impossible.”

As a pilot, making “clear-cut decisions” would seem to be critical to survival.  I wonder if that is why she ended up being lost at sea during her attempt to fly around the world all those years ago.

You don’t have to be lost in a sea of worry as you travel through your life.  You don’t have to be slowed in reacting to your challenges in life just because your worry overwhelms making clear-cut decisions for overcoming them.

Consider the following suggestions…

Vow to give whatever is worrying you proper respect.  In other words, you can’t flat-out deny that something is bothering you and making you feel some degree of stress, anxiety, etc. stress-391662_1920

You have to respect that the worry is there but you don’t have to let it get you down in this very minute.  Give yourself a little relief by focusing on something that is even more important to give priority in the present moment.

Your goal is not to deny that the worry exists.  It is to not focus on the issues giving you reason to worry so you can get something positive accomplished.  In other words, your goal is to defer the worry to some other time.

Say…5 hours from now you will take 15 minutes to have a pity party of worry but for the moment you are moving forward.

Worry is a learned habit and so you can learn other habits to effectively manage it like making your thinking shift to action right now and worry later.


There is an old cliché that says something like you can’t worry about those things you can’t control.

You know what!  That thought makes a lot of sense.

Think about it for a minute.  If the problem is out of your control, why spend any time worrying about how to solve it?  You can’t!  It’s out of your control so move on to something else where you can take some action.

Taking action establishes positive momentum which moves worries to the back of your mind.  Logically then, you haven’t forgotten your worries, you’ve just pushed them behind doing something positive in the moment.

Following that habit, will probably totally eliminate lesser worries as the time passes.  Those things you can control and should be worried about can be handled later, as per the previous suggestion.

Let me switch the focus to a great thought once expressed by the late motivational icon, Zig Ziglar.  He made a point that is directly related to the whole idea of worry that makes incredible sense.

The idea is worry more often than not involves a certain amount of fear.

In that regard, Ziglar said:  Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.

Translation…your worries many times are based on what you imagine rather than what is reality.  If you remain in the moment rather than focusing on things that may or may not happen in the future, you will be free to react to current priorities.  Furthermore, those things you feared about future possibilities dissipate by the time you get there.


  • Defer worry not deny it
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Worry about the real not the imagined

If you would train your mind in the above 3 habits, your worry would be elevated to problem solving brainstorming rather than wallowing in misery.   You would learn to heighten your reactions through clear-cut decisions.

light-bulb-978882_1920What is your best idea for overcoming the debilitating effects of worry?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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