“Worrying is like a rocking chair.
It gives you something to do but ultimately
it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
Sometime I share with clients an image of being a modern day Calm Warrior.
You have developed the inner skills of calm and conscious thought direction. You are fully present in your day and are like an experienced ninja, ready to make an impact and respond to the moment in front of you as needed.
The opposite of that is the modern day Worrier and they can be identified simply by having a worried mind.
Such a mind projects worst-case scenarios into the future.
That’s what it thinks its job is. The Worrier Mind kills change and potential by saying things like “That’s just the way I am” and “I’m just being realistic.”
But it’s important to note that it has been proven that the placebo effect (the effect of believed thoughts on the body) is very much a real thing.
That means that thoughts of fear, dread and the worst future I can picture have me ready to NOT ACT.
The Warrior Mind on the other hand knows this and has developed the ability to take decisive action regardless of any changes in the ‘weather’.
Take decisive action enough times and your fear won’t exist any more, plus you are more likely to adapt effectively to the realities of the moment.
Here’s the rub:
Even the best Warrior can be infected with the Worrier Mind. It’s a VERY subtle thing.
We’re all making up the future, so why not project something more uplifting? It doesn’t guarantee anything, but it certainly creates a calmer mind, which in today’s world is perhaps THE most precious inner skill we can have.
Watch your mind this week. Maybe you can identify which mode it’s in?
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