All About Perspective
There was a lot of turbulence before our flight was about to land. Everyone was screaming on the plane. Dallas was experiencing a thunderstorm, and we were stuck flying through it. My kids were with me and my son was worried. I was panicking, but at that time I realized that I needed to be there for him.
This was when I stopped to ask myself what I was worrying about (at the time, it was the plane crashing) — and told myself to let go of that worry. There was nothing I could do to change the situation, so I just had to believe that things would work out.
Realizations happen in the strangest places and ways. That moment on the plane — which led to finding my way of overcoming my fears and worries — was mine. Now, whenever something unexpected happens in business or in life, I remind myself of that plane ride. Have I done whatever I can to overcome this situation? If I have, then I have to let go and trust in a force that’s greater than me. I have to trust that things will work out in the end.
I have always been a worrier. It’s a work-in-progress, but I’ve noticed that my mind is always blocked when I worry. I’m so focused on something that hasn’t even happened that I don’t know how to work on the problem at hand. I’ve learned how worry can lead to debilitating anxiety. I know how the what-ifs can turn me into someone on constant alert, waiting for the next bomb to drop. It is no way to live. It steals the joy from life.
I have started to look at my worries, and realize how small they are in comparison to the universe, and also how temporary they are in comparison to the larger scheme of things. My issues in my business or life are just blips. They’re not the end of the world. They’re not at all significant in perspective of the known universe. I’ve learned to breathe, relax, and work through what I need to work through.
What Does it all Mean?
I have come to the realization that I have a very short time on this beautiful planet. I have many wonderful things at my disposal: The people I love, interesting work, fun things to do, new things to learn every day, incredible beauty, all around me.
Yes, sometimes crappy random things do happen, and they disrupt my life. But I don’t want them to disrupt it any longer than they must. Like Tony Robbins says, “Energy flows where attention goes,” so I’ve learnt to focus on the positives more than the negatives.
I want to savor and enjoy as much of life as I possibly can every single day. I don’t want to waste it worrying or thinking about problems. And I want make the world better in some small way before I leave it.
What do you do to tackle your worries?