|War! Famine! Insane politics! The world’s falling apart!Yes, I have days like this too. It’s just amazing how many things there are to worry about these days. And the news is so instantaneous, so global, that any problem anywhere can instantly contribute to my stress level.What do people do? Turn off the news, retreat into Facebook and mindless entertainment.
What would be better? To have a general awareness of the world to provide context, but to focus 98% on the things you can actually affect: your family, your community, perhaps one or two larger causes which connect with your core purpose.
The ideal is to spend your worry on things you can help improve.
For example, my list of passions at the moment are:
I was pondering whether to include anything about the American political system in that, but honestly, I won’t start thinking much about my vote until much closer to the election. Until then, I maintain a bit of awareness of progress on key issues, but I don’t worry much because there’s not much I can do.
OK, I could do something, but I choose to spend my energies elsewhere. I’m just fine with that tradeoff.
These five things tie back very closely to my core beliefs and goals right now, which is what makes them so powerful. If there’s something that needs my energy to worry about, it also warrants spending some energy to help fix it.
How are your worries aligned with your beliefs and goals? Are you worrying about things you have no intent to try to improve?
|Carl Dierschow is a Certified Small Fish Business Coach and author of the career management guide, Mondays Stink! 23 Secrets to Rediscover Delight and Fulfillment in Your Work. He is a career coach for those going through interesting transitions, and works with small business owners who need to create breakthroughs in achieving their business goals. Find out more at www.Dierschow.com and www.SmallFish.us.If you are interested in individual career coaching, group coaching, or other resources which might help you with difficult choices, please contact Carl at email@example.com.Connect with Carl on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get timely updates and connections to a broader range of professionals.
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