Sunday, July 15, 2012

Worry is Futile

If you're inherently a worrier like I am, there are two quotes that you should take to heart.

The first by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it."

The second by Henry Ward Beecher

"It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction." 

If you feel like you're paralyzed by the need for change, but you don't know where to start or how to get the ball moving...your first step is to recognize that worry will get you nowhere.

Once you surrender all of your "what ifs?" to the worry Gods, your next job is to "DO" something.  Action is the antithesis of indecision.  Motion is the enemy of perceived failure or defeat.  And most importantly, don't fall for the myth that it has to be all or nothing and that you have to be equipped with all of the answers to make positive change.

The hardest step is the first, but once its been taken, the rest starts to emerge and sooner rather than later, you're headed down a road that feels too good to abandon.

And then one day, you'll look back and say to yourself, how did I get here?  And you'll realize that it was consistency not superhuman power.  It was persistence not angst.  It was wanting to be healthy and not wanting to mire in fear.

So, what needs to happen today, in this hour, to start the wheels in motion?  What can you commit to knowing that you'll sleep better tonight and have something to look forward to in the morning?

It doesn't take much, just a willingness to believe that you're worth it and that now is the time.

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