(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)
When you have a plan it shows you have given some thought to possible outcomes. It s useful to think something through before taking action, and planning and plans can be part of the thinking process.
But to worry is different. When you worry you use valuable energy for no useful purpose. Worry saps your strength. You can do just as well at handling contingences through planning, without paying the emotional costs associated with worry.
Why do you worry?
Is it a lack of reserves, which would allow you to absorb possible tough outcomes with ease?
Is it the sum of too little preparation and too many unknowns?
Or do you worry to give you the juice you need to make it through your day?
Look at the worriers and the planners in your life. Do the planners seem to get more done at less cost than the worriers?
Copyright 2004 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.