“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” – Eckhart Tolle
If someone asked you, “Do you think worrying will change your situation?” I am sure you would say, “No,” so why keep doing it? Worry never changes anything. Start listening to yourself and other people and each time you hear, “I’m worried,” say to yourself, that is a useless statement. If we realize the uselessness of worry, maybe we will stop saying it.
People say things like, “I am worried about my children, I am worried about layoffs at work, I am worried about the economy, I am worried about retirement, I am worried about gaining weight, I am worried about getting old, and all kinds of other useless statements. Don’t worry about your children, spend more quality time with them. Don’t worry about gaining weight, eat right and exercise. Defeat worry by taking action! However, if you have no power over a particular worry such as the economy, stop dwelling on it and instead focus on what you can control.
Worry immobilizes us. We sit and worry and do very little if anything that might help our situation. Worry disempowers us! It steals our peace and joy and makes us age faster. Some people feel they are obligated to worry and say things like, “I can’t help it, I am just a worrier.” Of course we can help it. We have the power to choose our words and our thoughts.
Instead of saying, I’m worried,” replace negative unless words with, “I can handle any problem or situation in my life.” “I have faith that situations in my life are working for me not against me.” “Where there is a will, there is always a way.”
Why not set a goal in 2020 to eliminate the word “worry” from your vocabulary and replace it with empowering words and thoughts that create peace and joy?
I recommend making a list of 5 – 10 alternative statements to say to yourself or speak out loud when challenges occur in your life.
*This blog post is an excerpt from the book, Change your Words, Change your Life: Understanding the Power of Every Word you Speak by Joyce Meyer.
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