How Do You Worry

When I started writing Marty’s Minutes, I challenged my team to start writing their thoughts as well. And let me tell you, I have been blown away by what the team has come up with. To round the year out, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite a-Minutes from the team. Here’s one from Craig Page:


Molly recently shared an a-Minute about worry called Save 90 for the 10. Here’s a snippet to give you an idea, if you haven’t read it yet:


90% of the things we worry about never come true. Nine times out of ten, what we have created in our head does not come to fruition. Think of all the wasted energy you have spent worrying…If we spend our time worrying about scenarios that 90% will never happen, when that 10% scenario occurs, we are so worn out from worrying that we don’t have the energy to address the situation to the best of our ability.


This is awesome and very true. I grew up being taught to worry about everything, no matter how probable it was to come true. This can be tiring, and ultimately, it accomplishes nothing.

The concept I prefer to use when it comes to worry is one I learned in a Dale Carnegie class on his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.


The main premise goes something like this: Determine the worst thing that can happen. Develop a plan in case that happens. Then do not worry about anything else that might happen.


I use this method all the time. It is not really so much saying that you need the plan, it is more that when you determine the worst that can happen, most of the time what happens is not as bad as you thought.


Worry is a natural part of life, but how we respond to that worry makes all the difference.


Until next time…we are Advoco, make every minute count.




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