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Why worry?

Worry is a funny thing. So many people do it that one would guess that it has some benefit. There is a great line out of a Jimmy Buffet song that goes, "It's my job to be worried half to death . . ." The way some people worry one would think it is their job.

I have never been a big worrier. Somehow, early in life, I got that worrying doesn't help much. In fact, what I have noticed is that when I worry I become paralyzed and have a difficult time concentrating on anything except what I am worrying about.

I actually have discovered the cure for worry. If, instead of worrying, I figure out what action, if any, I need to take, I take the action and the worry seems to go away. If there is nothing that I can do I simply get busy doing something, anything that will keep me from worrying. Oftentimes what was causing me concern takes care of itself. Or, when I least expect it, the solution to the situation reveals itself. It is as if not worrying about it and letting my mind relax frees me to think of ways to solve the problem. When I am worrying, I can't think of much else even a solution to the cause of the worry.

Action is the enemy of worry. When we get busy resolving the problem, worry cannot take over our thoughts. A worry free mind is clear to think of other things and sometimes those things include a solution to the problem.


Free yourself from worry by getting busy. If you cannot think of something to do that will directly solve your problem simply get busy. Do something fun or even mindless like playing solitaire. It doesn't matter as long as you stop yourself from entertaining your worries. Once you relax and let your mind think, you might be very surprised at the results.

Another thing that often helps us stop worrying is to talk to someone about it. Discuss what you are concerned about with a trusted friend, your coach, your minister or your therapist. Discussing what we are worrying about with someone else can help us process through our worry.

What are you worrying about? What can you do today to stop worrying?

Daily Success Formula

Worry + Inaction = Waste of time


"Don't Worry . . . Be Happy." Bobby McFerrin

"As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can." Julius Caesar

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." Charles Schulz

"I worry about scientists discovering that lettuce has been fattening all along." Erma Bombeck

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!" Fitzhugh Mullan and Barbara Hoffman

Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD provides daily motivation, information and inspiration to thousands of busy self development enthusiast who want to stay focused and on track to their goals. For a free report, "The Power of Daily Action - How to create more Wealth, Health and Happiness by Tapping Into the Power of Daily Action" go to

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