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Friday, June 11, 2010

Worrywarts can't live in the here and now ~Dr, Beverly Potter

Inspired Quote  of the Day

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. ~ John Milton


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Dr. Beverly Potter

Dr. Beverly Potter

Dr. Beverly Potter is a psychologist and author who specializes in helping with job challenges in today's workplace.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

The trouble with worrying is that it can get completely out of control and has a habit of escalating. Actor/director Woody Allen, a famous worrywart, illustrated this best when he said, "If I get chapped lips, I think it's brain cancer."

Worrying is a kind of "stuckness". Worrywarts get stuck in identifying danger as they immerse themselves in the dread associated with the threat, which may be real or, more likely, imagined."

Don't think worrying is bad for you. Think of it as a mental fire drill, a thinking through of things that potentially might happen. It's good to think over what could happen and to have a contingency plan. That is what productive and effective people do.

The problem is that the process generates anxiety. Worrywarts can become melodramatic and waste precious time. As American writer Mark Twain said, "There has been much tragedy in my life. And at least half of it actually happened!" Worrywarts can't live in ...

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