3 Quotes to Help You (and me) Stop Worrying Now

I am the world’s greatest worrier! It’s official. Or at least I used to be… But ever since I got rid of my television, I don’t hear as much bad news as I used to, and… and.. Ooh dear, maybe I should get that TV back or tune in to Twitter more (it’s good being the greatest, isn’t it?)…

Seriously, I AM a worrier; I’ve worried far too much in my life. And even though I KNOW it’s a completely pointless exercise I still do it far too often. And it makes my life a bit of a misery sometimes.

The good news is that I don’t worry as much as I used to.

The even better news – especially if you’re a worrier too – is that I’ve written an article showing you, me and everyone just HOW to stop worrying…

* I’ve got 3 inspirational worry quotes to help me along

* I’ve got years of worrying experience to draw on

* And I’ve developed an ability to communicate my wisdom (meaning your wisdom) one-to-one via the written word

So what can possibly go wrong, eh! (Y’know, I’m not gonna even imagine. I’m just going to trust the (creative) process and KNOW that your worrying (and mine) will reduce greatly just for having read/written this article.)

So let’s go, then, with the first inspirational quote about worrying…

Inspirational Worry Quote #1:

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
— Leo F. Buscaglia

So, I’ve already said it once, but I think it bears repeating: worry really is pointless. Not only does it NOT achieve its stated intention – making tomorrow ‘better’ – but it clearly makes today much worse.

So why would anybody participate in an activity that achieves nothing tangible other than to make themselves miserable? And that’s a question to me, dear reader, as much as to you.

Here’s my answer – I’ve been thinking about this a long time, by the way – the answer is this: we think worrying protects us from ‘nasty experiences’.

The thing is, though, these so-called ‘nasty experiences’ are ALWAYS worse in our imaginations than in reality, and most often they never occur anyway.

But the real problem here is that we think we can’t handle the looming situation, and that’s why we make it ‘nasty’.

Yes, we worry because we are insecure, and unsure of our own strengths to handle what life brings us. Simple as that. And when I say we, I mean I. Because I’m sure you’re not daft enough to worry about nothing for the sake of it – surely not?

Hmm, so what are we to do here? Answer: recognise that WORRYING IS POINTLESS. And repeat it to ourselves each and every day. “Worrying is pointless. Worrying is pointless. Worrying is pointless…”

And if you can sing those words to a tune, then mores the better.

Another inspirational quote about worrying that pretty much says the same thing as Leo’s is this one by Glen Turner:

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.”
— Glenn Turner

More succinct, I guess, but now I’m worrying that those mighty fine editors at EzineArticles.com (ahem!) might not approve this ‘worry article’ you’re (hopefully!) reading as I’ve called it 3 Quotes to STOP Worrying but I’ve included 4! (Ooh dear, what am I to do!…)

Inspirational Worry Quote #2:

“Worry is like a signpost pointing in a direction you don’t want to go”
— Dr Rob Pennington

Now Dr Rob has great experience of worrying, so I hear. He even wrote a book about it – or rather, what to do instead of worrying – and it’s called “Find The Upside of the Down Times”.

And I quite like his business-focussed approach to not worrying. It’s pretty much saying, if you’re going to fantasise about your life – and worrying, as we’ve seen is nothing more than a gory fantasy – then you might as well fantasise on what you want, via the act of goal-setting and visualisations.

(I know you can’t get all of that from Dr Pennington’s worry quotation, I’m just reading between the lines. Trust me, there’s nothing to worry about here – this IS what Dr Rob is trying to say!)

So, next time you find yourself worrying, ask yourself why would anyone (especially you!) fantasize about going somewhere they don’t wanna go?

Instead of doing that, do this: FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT!

And when I say that, I’m pretty much hoping that you want good things to happen in your life – good experiences, good friendships, a good relationship etc. – rather than grim stuff!

Because nobody WANTS grim stuff in their life, do they?…

Inspirational Worry Quote #3:

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
— Charles F. Kettering

Hmm, and no insightful look at worrying would be complete if it did not contain a spiritual approach, also.

Because maybe we like being foolish and engaging in pointless activities. Maybe we like to think of goals that are ghastly, too, or just don’t believe in setting nice goals – too much like hard work! And that’s okay, I guess (bear with me, here!). But we cannot deny the truth of what our worrying is really all about. And it is this:

Worry: a psychological fear of how something (‘imaginary’) is going to make us feel.

Yep, we’re not really worrying about the event. We’re worrying about how that event will make us feel afterwards. Repeat: it’s not the event that’s important, but our feelings of the event.

And, as Charles F. so brilliantly puts it, YOU (and I) have the power inside us at any time to change how we feel about something.

Events will always happen that we like and that we don’t like. That’s life, to use a cliche somewhat appropriately. So our challenge is ONLY to understand that we can CONTROL OUR THOUGHTS and feelings. We need not fear them at all, we really needn’t.

For the truth is that we are all powerful enough to bear the good, bad and indifferent things that come our way, we really are. WE CAN COPE; there really is no need to fear that we can’t.

End of this worry article. All 3 quotes used up. Written communication between you and I nearly over. And… 5-4-3-2-1 back in the room, you no longer worry! Snap.

You now see that worrying is pointless. You now see that worrying takes you in the opposite direction to where you want to go. And you now see that worrying is a lie, because it’s not the event that we fear but the feelings about that event.

You now see all this, I know you do. And that’s why I know, repeat KNOW, that you WILL worry less from now on.

And, no, I’m not worried that you won’t stop worrying, I’m not. I believe in you, I really do (just like you do).


And there really is no more for you to do here. I suggest maybe that you might like to sing to yourself (“la la la”), and do a hop skip and a jump now that you’re worry-free! But If you’d really like to find out more about me, the author of this article, then just do a search on Google for the words “Steve M Nash”. (please ignore any results for a certain Canadian basketball player, eh! ;-) )

Or you can click the link below, whichever’s easiest

From Steve M Nash – Editor of http://www.SelfHelpCollective.com

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Change the Way you Look at Things

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer

Photo Cr: David Reece

Photo Cr: David Reece

Think about that quote for a minute, really think about it. How can you apply it to your life right now and really make a difference? Here are 2 areas where you can apply this principle right now and ‘change’ your circumstances:

1. Business or work: Are you unhappy, unfulfilled and frustrated in your work or business right now because you are not earning what you would like to be earning? Are you getting tired of the routine? Are your hours too long? How can you change the way you are looking at your work or business?

a. It’s a good thing you have a business or a job right now because many do not

b. Maybe the universe is leading you in a new direction, a career or business change and until you get really uncomfortable in your present situation, you will not make that move.

2. Goals: Do you wish that you could achieve your goals overnight? Are you tired of waiting? Do you feel like giving up?

a. First of all, stop waiting, this is it! Learn to live in the moment. Do what you can with what you have and live in the ‘now’. Make sure to have your goal written down, a plan to achieve them, set milestones along the way and celebrate.

b. Trust that you will achieve your goal when you are ready to achieve it. There may be some lessons you need to learn before you are mentally ready for your goal. Nothing happens before its time.

The next time you experience something negative, life-transforming, challenging in your life. Before you get angry, sad, frustrated, before you internalize your situation that the ‘Gods’ must be against you, change the way you look at it. Look for the lesson to be learned, look for the positives and look for the things to be grateful for. There is always something to be grateful for even in the worst circumstances. Once you find the positives, focus and dwell on that. If you do this exercise in earnest, you will start to feel a calm come over you. And you will be feel renewed strength to conquer and move on from that situation.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this or how you may have applied any of the suggestions above in your own life. Use the box below to leave a comment.

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