Hi everyone! I can’t tell you how many times people tell me not to worry about the future. I’m what you call a worrywart – I always imagine the Apocalypse happening (not literally – I just mean the worst case scenario) and then I work my way through it.
What I DON’T do is get paralyzed by it. I think that’s where I differ from some people. I don’t sit on my hands and cry about what might happen if the worst were to come true.
I simply imagine it, and let the adrenaline of that worry kick me into high gear in terms of action taking to prevent that scenario from occurring.
I read a little snippet in a Woman’s World magazine that said in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, a study revealed that we should focus on the consequences of NOT doing something to prevent disaster.
So for me personally, I take action and work through things regardless of how I feel because I know what happens if I don’t get my butt in gear and do my work – I would end up struggling with bills, having to take my kids out of their private school, and so on.
I picture their sweet faces and imagine the horrible guilt I would feel. You can bet that revs me up – whether I’m tired, cranky, lazy or whatever – what if thinking helps me avoid the worst outcomes.
The article said that “adults who think about negative outcomes of NOT achieving a goal are MORE likely to hit their mark than those who fixate just on the target, and that considering potential pitfalls may help us plan better and avoid them!”
So if you’re struggling with not achieving a goal, try the opposite strategy and WORRY for once. Let it light a fire under your rear, but don’t let it paralyze you!