My thinking is a mess of do this / go to that / get this done / then get distracted and work on that. Don’t get me wrong, stuff gets done and my soft files are organised but my brain feels like its buzzing sometimes. I’m glad it does it feels like my creative juices are flowing but it can be distracting. It’s like a lion I have to put in a cage when I have to do technical work for clients or a specific job.
A way of shutting down the buzz is to commit to focus.
It’s not new (it’s a shit of a word to spell!). It is of course, isolating your thoughts so that you focus. We cannot do serious work if we can’t block out our unfocused thoughts. But the conundrum is that we have to have time to allow for no- focused thoughts to allow us to spread out and dominate our time if we are to learn and explore and dream.
I saw a Detective on a Game Show this week. He didn’t bring any part of his work to the game show. He has mastered compartmentalisation. He was a normal guy from the street, on the show. Is this good? Not for an entrepreneur it isn’t. Nor is it for a start-up.
What is a Start Up
You might acquire a business by buying it, or start it from scratch. If you start it from scratch, you have a start-up. As a start-up, 5 years in now, I have some insights now that I didn’t have 5 years ago. I really felt like I was walking on a tightrope above the city most days.
Last year a lawyer was going to sue me which worried me greatly and dominated my thoughts until it was pointed out to me that I was insured and I should stop worrying – that I should compartmentalise it.
Taking the lid off a brain, if we could compare those whose worry, with those who compartmentalise, we’d see, I believe, a lot of ‘bleed’ between compartments of those who live with worry and in the inability to separate non related issues.
Worrying is detrimental to your health. You can’t fix what you can’t control but worrying about it doesn’t help anything or anyone. So why do we worry?
Its a Bad Habit
Worry is made up of nagging, persistent thoughts that circle around in your head. It is “what if” statements, worst-case scenarios, and awful predictions. The act of worrying is an obsessive, habitual behaviour-and one that you can give up. But before you can give it up, you must accept that the act of worrying serves no purpose. Worrying is stealing your energy, fatiguing your muscles and body, exacerbating your aches and pains, increasing your vulnerability to stress and infection, distracting you from the present, interfering with your sleep, inappropriately increasing or decreasing your appetite, and keeping you from more pleasurable or important tasks. It is time to recognize the act of worry serves no purpose and has become a bad habit says Marci G. Fox Ph.D
Replacing worry with a personal alarm system to ‘assess risk’ is what most people do. I think those who persist with practising worrying, find some joy or happiness in it, as amazing as that sounds. It’s a habit and like any other bad habit you can quit it. Take it from an ex-worrier.