Tempted to Worry? Try Making Concrete Plans Instead.

Tempted to Worry? Try Making Concrete Plans Instead.

Credit Carl Richards

Worry is a terrible business strategy.

In the not so distant past, however, it was the only one I knew.

For example, each time I wrote this column, I worried that my editor would say, “Sorry, Carl. This just isn’t very good. I’m afraid that’s the end of the Sketch Guy.”

Inevitably, of course, I would bring my worries to my business partner (a.k.a. my wife). I would go on and on about “What if….” And when she seemed totally calm, I would say, “Aren’t you worried?!”

Because she’s generally unflappable, she would simply say, “I could be worried, if you want me to be. But I don’t see how it would help.”

Don’t Worry. Be… Oh, you know!

How Carl learned not to worry so much and plan a lot more.

It might feel like worrying helps. But as Shantideva is said to have noted, “If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”

I took my wife’s advice, and instead of constant worry, I now try to do something more productive. I make plans.

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