“If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.” ~Robert H. Schuller
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t.” ~Henry Ford
There isn’t much upside to worrying. It’s stressful and typically unproductive. One of the big lessons I have learned over the years is that it also wastes time. It wastes time because most of what we worry about simply doesn’t end up happening. All that time spent thinking about what you would do goes to waste because it was unlikely to occur in the first place. Now let me draw a quick distinction. I’m not talking about worrying about getting the central functions of your job taken care of, that’s your job. I’m talking about all of those incessant and small negative thoughts that come into your head when you seemingly have any free brain space. It is these things that “might” happen or “could” occur that just add worry to your day. But if you think about these, how many of them came into being? Not many.