By Jas Singh
Worry is the silent killer.
We read about rising rates of heart disease, cancer and mental disorders every day but perhaps worrying oneself into ill-health is the biggest and most common cause of all initial problems.
Worry is like a seed that often germinates and grows without our consciousness.
We call it different names. (Stress, anxiety, pressure).
We downplay it.
We sometimes even deny it.
But the facts are, with more options and greater expectations in everything we do, how we deal with worry often determines the quality of life we have.
Here are some ways how great leaders fight worry.
Worrying is directly linked to the unknown.
Most of the time, we tend to worry about things that might happen.
Whether it is losing one’s job, not passing those exams or slowly losing our hair, being uncertain about the future cripples our reasoning and overwhelms everything we try and do.
Despite other people’s reasoning, often we can fear the worst.
Great leaders understand that no-one can predict the future. Rather than endlessly thinking through all the countless possibilities, they get focused.
They ask themselves “what is the worst thing that can happen?”. Simply coming to terms with this brings clarity and peace of mind. If worst comes to worst they learn to accept it. They then start to take steps to improve on this – which automatically means they have everything to gain.
Great leaders improve on the worst case scenario.
They stay busy
Our thoughts are amazing things.
They are the seedlings of all our desires, actions and beliefs. In fact, what we think about most of the time, we tend to become.
Positive thoughts equal positive actions. Negative thoughts equal negative actions.
Even worry finds it hard to occupy a busy mind. Great leaders understand that negative thoughts can be counter-acted with positive actions. As soon as they detect the presence of any worry they get into action and do something that preoccupies them. That prevents the worry from growing.
The worst thing you can do in the midst of worry is to over-analyze or discuss. We all know people who have researched endlessly about worrisome issues and who onlywant to discuss their own problems.
The best thing to do is get busy.
Substitute the worry with something else.
They discuss with an expert and take ACTION!
As social creatures, we are programmed to seek comfort with others.
Therefore it makes sense that it often feels therapeutic to get support and reassurance from others through sharing our worries.
The problem is, everyone has a different opinion. Which can often mean even more confusion leading to greater worry.
Great leaders understand that to discuss a worrying issue with someone, it’s essential to use an expert. Someone who is qualified to give accurate and knowledgeable advice.
Not only does this build reassurance, it also creates focus.
Accurate knowledge is the starting point for decisiveness. And decisiveness leads to action.
Great leaders speak with experts to confidently take action.
How we fight worry is an essential component of a fulfilling life.
Our health, careers, relationships and even finances will all improve by handling worry efficiently.
Hiring managers can gain much from those people who know how to fight worry and empower others around them.
How do you fight worry?