Get rid of worry and turn fear into focus


Posted by Ros Jones
on 6th May 2020

There’s a lot of worry, fear and anxiety about at the moment.

I speak with business owners every day and many are having sleepless nights right now, lying there churning worry over and over in their heads. And these feelings are not unique to Coronavirus Time. People worry all the time. And it’s not a useful thing to do. In fact it’s counterproductive and damaging.

The law is that we get more of what we focus on. So if all we think of is the bad things that could happen, inevitably those things will happen. Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become our reality.

Worry usually relates to stuff that happened in the past or you’re worrying about stuff that might happen in the future. There is no point in worrying about either – the past is done and cannot be changed and the future hasn’t happened yet. So worrying is futile.

What to do about worry

Quiet your mind

If you find yourself constantly worrying, try to stay focused in this very moment, the present. Remember the present is a gift!

To help you stay present in this moment you could try meditating or mindfulness to help quiet your mind. Meditation, if practised regularly, is an incredibly powerful tool. When I first got started with meditation I used the HeadSpace App but that was years ago. There’ll be loads more out there now. Also take a look at the DailyOM for ideas on guided meditation. You don’t need any technology of course. Meditation is just about focusing on your breath and clearing your mind of thoughts so you can just be completely still for a bit. It’s a wonderful experience. If you find it difficult at first, just start with a couple of minutes of stillness and build up over time to 10, 20, 30 minutes. And repeat a few times each day. The key is not to beat yourself up when those thoughts pop into your mind while you’re trying to be still. It’s normal. Becoming completely absorbed in something you love to do that is fun and requires your concentration is quite similar to meditation; it’s just called mindfulness instead or being in the flow.

Visualisation

Another way of eliminating worry is to visualise your ideal day or your ideal life. Just relax, close your eyes and really see yourself living your ideal life. Who’s there with you? What are you doing? What can you hear? Smell? Touch? Create a vision board of your ideal life that you can hang up somewhere you can see every day.

Focus

Finally, the best antidote for fear that I teach my clients is FOCUS. Focus on what you do want and not what you don’t want. And create a purposeful action plan on how you can achieve what you want in your life. Focusing everyday on moving towards your business goals will leave you no time for worry and the results you’ll be getting will help give you confidence and energy. I’ve seen this happen with so many of my business owner clients. So get yourself an accountability buddy or a coach to inspire you and help transform your worry into productivity.

You may be interested in our next business survival planning workshop where we’ll be creating a 90 day plan to help keep us focused during this time.

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