Greetings and happy Monday. I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent the majority of my waking hours studying. And then I spent a good chunk of unaccounted time worrying. I am a worrier, it's in my nature - always has been from when I was a very young child.
This week, to keep my worrying at bay, I am focusing on this graphic. I actually printed it out to hang at my desk as a visual reminder...
At the end of the day, there is only so much that I have control over - and that is what I should be focusing on.
I can worry about how decisions made at work will impact my job - but it makes more sense to focus on doing the best job I can so that I am respected and viewed as a valuable team member.
I can worry about medical bills that keep rolling in and how this will impact my financial goals for the year - or I can pay them and accept that my sinus surgery was an investment in my health.
I can worry about my dad's health prognosis and whether they truly got all of the cancer or I can accept the fact that he's in the hands of competent medical professionals who know what they are doing.
I can worry about not passing the CFA or I can work as hard as I can to make sure I am able to pass.
Just as happiness is a choice, so is the decision to not worry. Of course, anyone who knows me well, knows that I don't have this all figured out. However, I think maybe by writing this out, I will internalize some of this and worry less as a result. Worrying certainly does not have a positive impact on my mood/level of happiness, nor is it a productive use of time, so here's hoping that by focusing on that visual, and thinking about what matters and is in my control, I can worry a little less.
Would you consider yourself a worrier?