We here at KillerStartups know that entrepreneurship can get a bit overwhelming at times. Being part of a passionate team of people with a clear goal in mind is both incredibly exciting and at the same time, it can create intense feelings of worry. Well, don’t get overwhelmed by the worry and certainly don’t let it dominate your overall thinking, much less your life!
We’ve put together 4 tips to help you put worry into perspective. So… come sit with me. Relax. Have a cup o’ joe. It’s gonna be a good day. Good morning!
1. Stay In The Moment
A lot of worrying has to do with concentrating too much the future as in, “What if…?”
Planning and thinking about the future is of course key, but it’s important to remember that this kind of worrying takes us out of the present moment. The present is where life is happening now!
Be present in the moment, take a deep breath, call your wife to say hello, or take notice the color of the room you are sitting in. What does it remind you of? There are many unknowns in the future, but being present in the now can help replace all the time spent with “What if…?” with something relevant to the now.
2. Motivate Yourself With Something Other Than Worry
While worry does help motivate us to get certain things done, it’s not the only motivation we can use to achieve our goals. Instead, look to motivate yourself with something positive instead of the negative feelings of worry.
For example, when you finish writing that report or after you give that important presentation, take some time to reward yourself and show yourself that it wasn’t that bad. Consider taking a 15 minute walk around the block or turn on that game on your device and play for a bit. Putting yourself in a position to reward yourself positively is important to do before moving on to the next task.
3. Face Your Fears
Maybe you’re afraid you’ll have to give that important pitch next week because a team member has the flu. Well, hopefully you will have to give that pitch because chances are that you’ll find that it won’t be so bad. It really never is!
Worry produces thought loops that create worst case scenarios although the truth is that things really aren’t so bad for most of us. What’s the worst that could happen?
Maybe you don’t pitch as well as you would have wanted to but that’s ok. Ask your coworkers how you could have done better, take notes, improve, and knock it out of the park next time!
4. Remember That You Can Handle It
People who worry too much think that maybe they won’t be able to handle the responsibility of the new position, or that the execution of their new idea really might not work.
Worrying doesn’t help you prepare for when something bad happens. In fact, people are naturally resilient and typically very good at adapting to difficult circumstances. Remember this! Remind yourself that despite worrying, you’ve come this far already!
If the worst possible outcome were always true, would you truly be where you are now? Probably not. You’re resilient, empowered, and truly able to take control and stop worrying!