Worrying Makes Problems Worse

by Zig Ziglar

Worrying about the results  will not change them. I certainly recognize that a certain amount of worry is  just part of being human. People have concerns about many things. There are  legitimate concerns about money and financial security. There are legitimate  concerns about health issues, and there are concerns about our personal and  professional relationships. People want all of these things to go well in their  lives, and a certain amount of worry and concern is normal. But there is  another kind of worry that is not only dangerous to your health; it is dangerous  to your success. The kind of worry I’m talking about is “imagined worry.”  Imagined worry is when you spend a lot of time thinking about the future and  what might happen in your life that could be terrible. My late friend Mary  Crowley said, “Worry is a misuse of the imagination,” and she hit the nail on  the head with that remark.

Now you might be wondering  why I’m so concerned about worrying and what it has to do with success and expecting  to win, so I’ll tell you. Worry is the most significant factor that relates to  the root of negative thinking. As a matter of fact, worry just might be the  engine that starts negative thinking, and if you are involved in negative thinking,  you will not expect to win. If you spend an excessive amount of time imagining  all the bad things that can happen in your life, you will become a person who  is problem-conscious, not solution-conscious. There is perhaps no greater  example of how this can be so dangerous than when it involves worrying about  health issues. I have known many people who receive bad medical reports, and  when they hear the news, they begin to worry so much about it their life may as  well have ended at that moment. We all know people who suffer this way and we suffer  with them. There doesn’t seem to be a single thing we can do or say to  encourage and lift them up.

On the other hand, we all  know people who suffer in the worst way and never make mention of their  struggle. In fact, they seem embarrassed if we catch them grimacing in pain or  taking a bad step. They don’t want attention focused on what they can’t do or  how they hurt and suffer; they want to be “others” centered and get their mind  off of their disability. These individuals have accepted their issue as a part  of life and have decided to make the very best of their circumstances. They are  an encouragement and example to everyone blessed enough to know them! Yes, they  have bad days, but they choose to focus on the good days and what they can still  do. They live in the moment and know full well that tomorrow will be what it is  and they can deal with it when it arrives, not before.

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