We all end up spending some of our time in the Land of “What If:”
What if I mess up my presentation?
What if I don’t know anyone in my class?
What if I say something dumb to my coworker?
Worrying presents itself as a helpful tool to avoid mistakes, solve future problems, and protect us from something unpleasant or uncomfortable. Which all seems like things we MUST do because the issues at hand our so important to us. But really, research tells us it only moves us farther away from our values when we spend our time worrying.
Instead, here are 3 approaches to shift your unhelpful worry into more helpful ways to think about the things that are important to you.