It’s Not Going to Make A Difference Tomorrow
A while back I learned about a rather interesting approach to handling problems, setbacks, and disappointments. The guy who told me this simply went through life without a care or a worry in the world. If I asked him about the things that upset most people, he would tell me “it’s not going to make a difference tomorrow.”
It’s funny how that works. One of the unfortunate things about our imagination is its built in ability to blow every problem in our lives completely out of proportion. We’re really good at imagining the worst case scenario. People actually have jobs where all they do is analyze risk. Organizations have departments who spend most of their time coming up with contingency strategies, in case things don’t go according to plan. While there are may be long term consequences to our short term actions, when it comes to most of your problems, they will lose their impact time over time. Think about something that you were worrying about last year at this time. There’s a good chance you probably don’t even remember what it was. Try to remember something you were really worried about five years ago and you’ll probably find it damn near impossible. Over time these kinds of things tend to lose their impact and then you realize that worrying is a waste of time and energy.
Next time you find yourself standing on the edge of success with adversity as a catalyst, just remember, it’s probably not going to make a difference tomorrow.
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