I don’t like to admit it, but I have a bad habit of worrying. I worry about life, investments, my health, career, my family, and potential outcomes of my business. Many times I lay awake at night thinking about important decisions I need to make. I lay in my bed worrying, trying to think of the best possible outcomes or solutions. Sometimes I come up with a good idea, but it’s usually a rare occasion. This worrying results in me being exhausted, stressed, and in need of a lot of coffee the next morning.
Fortunately, I’ve learned that worrying doesn’t get me anywhere. In fact, it causes way more harm than good.
I’ve come to realize that worry is mostly caused by lack of faith, which leads to fear. Fear of the “unknown” and fear of the “what ifs”. One of the best ways I’ve heard fear described is: False Evidence Appearing to be Real.
Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength.
As a Christian I find comfort in the fact that God tells us not to worry. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I’ve found that when I’m not getting things accomplished I tend to worry more. Taking action and moving forward makes me feel better. Even if I make the wrong decision, I still learn from the choices I made, which is always a good thing. Most importantly, when I find myself worrying, I pray. It works. After I pray, I have more confidence to move forward and take the necessary action.
Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.
Life is not about living in fear, worrying about what might happen. Life is about being happy, taking risks, and enjoying your life. It’s about taking action, going after your dreams, and having fun while you’re here in the world.
The sad news is that we all have a limited time here on earth, so don’t waste your time worrying. Instead, pray, take action, and start living today.