If you’re anything like me, you have a very difficult time shutting off your brain. Mental clutter is the most difficult thing to rid – but also the most effective in clearing brain space.
Worrying about things that have yet to happen or things that cannot be undone creates unnecessary anxiety and robs you of precious contentment. Have you ever worried about how tomorrow’s work meeting will go? Worried about whether or not the cable guy will arrive on time? Worried about whether or not you will have the time to work out tomorrow?
You know what they all have in common? These are all pending events. Next time you feel this happening, take a moment and ask yourself:
Is there anything I can do right this second?
If there is, it is in your best interest to do it immediately to get this anxiety out of your mind. If there isn’t, put this worry into tomorrow’s thought box.
- Worried about tomorrow’s work meeting? Review so you can excel your part, and let it go.
- Worried about whether or not the cable guy will arrive on time? Make your day as flexible as possible, so you can work around his arrival.
- Worried about whether or not you will have the time to work out tomorrow? Prioritize tomorrow’s list of duties and see where fitness lies.
Everything else is out of your control – so there is no point to worry.
It is a difficult lesson to learn – but very simple to understand. Worrying when you have no control does nothing but punish yourself. Take that worry and tuck it away for the next time you have a chance at changing the outcome. Outside of that, start planning solutions to whatever happens next.