My brother, Robert, sent me a link to a post by Seth Godin. It is titled Anticipation vs Anxiety. Simple title, and not many words in the blog, but holy crumpets can Godin pack a punch in his simplicity.
I encourage you to pop over and read the entire article, but I want to focus on the following:
When you work under the cloud of anxiety, the best strategy is to play it safe, because if (when!) it fails, you’ll be blameless.
How does one even begin to deconstruct that profound statement?
- If you operate with anxiety, you don’t have to take risks.
- If you operate with anxiety, you don’t have to put too much effort into it.
- If you operate with anxiety, you are fairly certain you will fail.
- If you operate with anxiety, you can absolve yourself of any accountability.
Each of those statements in themselves can be deconstructed. But, I will stop at this level and let you drill them down.
I have to admit I can fall into the anxiety trap. Just the other day I said the most ridiculous thing.
“I am afraid that if my business takes off, I will have too much work and I will burn out.”
Talk about advising myself to keep it risk free, effort free, and accountability free. *shakes head*
Needless to say, I promptly turned this around to “When my business takes off, I know that I am capable of creating balance in my life.”
It’s all in the approach. Thank you, Robert, and thank you, Seth.
What do you do when you find yourself approaching something from a place of fear or anxiety?