Don’t Worry – Be Happy!

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Don’t Worry – Be Happy!

Debra Taylor - Success FactorDo you worry, over-analyse or over-think things?

If yes, then when?

Bedtime?
Morning?
At work?
At home?
Maybe all the time?

Remember the song ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin? One line in the lyrics say, ‘in every life we have some trouble’, and I believe this is true for all of us, don’t you?

Do you feel that sometimes ‘troubles or problems’ seem to arrive on our doorstep in many forms, personally and professionally, throwing us ‘off kilter’ and sending us reeling off course into a dizzy turmoil of endless worry and hopeless despair?

The trouble is, when this happens we forget where we were headed, what tasks we had for the day, or goals for the week or month, instead focusing on the ‘problem’ that has arisen taking over our thinking, our focus, our direction.

When this happens to me, and I’m wearing my ‘worry head’ I find it helps to sit somewhere quiet and take a ’15-minute mental time-out’ to focus on the context of the problem itself, the facts rather than emotions, and mentally ‘reel in’ all the ‘what if’s’ which by the way are usually the worst-case scenarios TIMES THREE!

Taking on the weight of self-doubt and losing self-belief reduces motivation hurling us in a negative spiral, diving into a whirlpool of doubt, fear and panic achieving nothing.

We then drift into the same habits focusing on the negative rather than the positive, and doubting ourselves. It’s almost self-sabotage!

I find that being clear what the problem is and writing down possible solutions helps. There is always a solution to every situation, we sometimes can’t see it!

Imagine if the problem was someone else’s, what you would say? You would offer practical suggestions for their consideration, and tell them they are great and will get through this. By swapping shoes, this helps us determine how we might deal with the problem.

Worry torments our lives. We worry about doing the wrong thing, but doing nothing will always be the wrong thing. By doing something, even if it’s the wrong thing, at least we’ve tried to tackle the worry full on and not bury our heads in the sand; doing something helps reduce our fear of that ‘worst case scenario’; moving forward and not standing still.

Swapping shoes detaches ourselves emotionally, helps us become impartial, an observer. And we can always think of a way out of someone else’s situation can’t we, but never ours. Stepping outside our ‘shoes’ helps us become more rational, seeing things in context, reaching a positive conclusion.

Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “You can’t solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created it”.

To deal with our problems and remain motivated, we must change our thinking. Instead of problems let’s call them challenges. This enables our negative thinking to change to positive thinking. By calling them challenges we start to focus more positively on the task in hand achieving positive results.

By | 2017-06-04T14:20:34+00:00 Monday, 27 February 2017|Motivational|0 Comments

About the Author:

Debs Taylor-Hayhurst
Debs moved to New Zealand in 2007, is married to Jeff, lives in North Canterbury and loves the kiwi lifestyle. Between them, Debs and Jeff have 6 children and 10 grandchildren who all live in England. She visits every year to spend special quality time with them all. Using a tailored approach Success Factor invests in people and businesses, by providing them with the tools to reach their full potential through result based services, by working together to make a difference. Debs is a qualified Life Coach, with the NZ Institute of Business Studies (NZIBS), hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), studied in Humanities and Social Science and tutored First Line Management courses levels 3 and 4 at Aoraki Polytechnic as well as setting up and running other training programmes, conferences and workshops. Debs is a professional public speaker, a member of Toastmasters International since 1992, has held national and training roles in NZ, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Debs is also a member of the National Speakers Association NZ (NSANZ).

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