Worry is like. . .

Stuck in the same spot, wearing a hole in the floor? Worried about the past and can’t move forward. Worried about the future and afraid of tomorrow? It’s time to move. Why? Worry is like a rocking chair, a slide deck, and a Disney Movie.

Worry is like a rocking chair

Worry is like a Rocking Chair

Erma Bombeck told us “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” Instead, spend your energy on things within your control. But how do you stop worrying?

Worry is like a Slide Deck – Things you can’t change

Amy Morin wrote an article in Psychology Today titled:  6 Ways to Stop Worrying About Things You Can’t Change. 

Within this article, Ms. Morin outlines 6 ways to stop worrying and ‘how to become more effective and more productive’. Number one in this list: Determine What You Can Control. “There’s a brutal truth in life that some people refuse to accept: You have no control over many of the things that happen in your life.”

Ms. Morin’s list continues with numbers two through six: ‘Focus on your influence’, ‘Identify your fears’, ‘Differentiate between ruminating and problem-solving’, ‘Create a plan to manage your stress’ and ‘Develop healthy affirmations’. 

Develop healthy affirmations’  says Entrepreneur Magazine. This is the 6th item in the slide deck, the 10 Things Successful Entrepreneur’s Tell Themselves.  ‘Let It Go’ is the 6th slide/saying in this series. “To be successful and stay motivated even when the world seems like it is caving in, you have to know when to let something go.”

Worry is like a Disney Movie — When to “Let It Go”

So we all need to follow the advice of Bombeck, Morin, Entrepreneur, and Disney’s Elsa…”Let It Go”.

Happiness and success depend upon the ability to enjoy where you’re at (like Elsa) and to be forward-looking. Focus on the things you can influence or control in the future, the action you can take to shape a better future.  Worrying about the things you can’t control diverts energy and focus from the things you can control. It’s counterproductive. Worrying about the past, even more so.

Inspired by our friend Deb Rhodes‘ Facebook post.


4/29/2020: Understanding why we worry may help us stop doing it by Towson University.

10/16/2016: 8 Tried and True Worry Busting Techniques by Life Hack.