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Why worrying is a COMPLETE waste of time and energy

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Do you know people who are always worried about things? Do you happened to be one of those people yourself. If so, do me a favor. STOP. You are driving yourself F@#ING crazy. Worrying about anything is one of the most useless functions of your brain. To me it’s one of those things I wish we could disinvent. The energy you put into worrying is unbelievably draining emotionally and believe it or not physically.

Let me break the insanity of worrying down for you. This is an idea I learned not only through my own life experience, but also through Tony Robbins. Do you know that worrying about something bad happening is actually worse than if that thing actually happened?

When you worry about things, you play this worst-case scenario over and over in your head. Given that your mind has no ability to distinguish between what’s imagined and what’s real, that is like having that event happen to you over and over again. It’s amazing that this same function that allows us to accomplish miracles also can slowly destroy our lives. To add to that when you play this worst-case scenario over and over in your head it is negative reinforcement that actually changes your physiology. I’ll give you a few little experiments to prove this to yourself.

Exercise 1: Make Yourself F@$%$N Crazy and Worry

Step 1: Find something that you are worried about
Step 2: Give your attention to it, and star thinking about it in detail
Step 3: Notice any changes that occur in your body (breathing, facial expressions, muscles, etc, etc)
Step 4: STOP.

In case you didn’t notice, this probably made you feel pretty lousy. Now, here’s another exercise that I want you to try.

Exercise 2: The Antidote to Worry

Step 1: Take that same thing you are worried about and imagine it going exactly as you want

Step 2: Give your attention to it, and star thinking about it in detail

Step 3: Notice any changes that occur in your body (breathing, facial expressions, muscles, etc, etc)

You probably noticed a dramatic difference between the way these two things made you feel. So, how do you stop worrying. Simple, take exercise 2 and put it up prominently somewhere and look at it every time you start to worry. Eventually that will become your natural response.

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