How do you stop worrying and start taking action towards your big business goals – the ones that are so big, they scare you?
I remember when I first had the idea for The Treasures Within podcast. Every cell of my body was on fire, screaming, “You’re so made for this!” But, my mind rejected it outright.
“You have a strong Italian accent, Giorgia. What if people can’t understand you?”
“You’ve never interviewed anyone in your life. What makes you think you’ll be good at it?”
“There are a gazillion podcasts out there already. Who will listen to you?”
Do you ever feel like that? It doesn’t matter how many business dreams you accomplish, there’s always an exciting new goal you’re scared to pursue. And yet, if you have that dream, it’s meant for you. So how do you stop worrying about what could go wrong and just take action on it?
The Problem With Worrying
Worrying seems like a productive use of your time. You’re planning for all the things that could go wrong, right? The problem with worrying is that it keeps you so focused on problems, you never feel safe to take action towards your goal.
Your brain can’t do two things at the same time. When you’re focusing on problems, you’re NOT focusing on solutions. You’re not focusing on possibilities. You’re not focusing on all the things that could go right, all the ways your dreams could come true, all the solutions to potential obstacles that are already there.
You could be using your time, resources, and mental energy on figuring out how to make your dreams come true. Instead, you’re using them to worry about things that will never happen while your dreams get further and further away.
What a waste of time and energy!
If worrying gets you nowhere, what does? Here are 4 ways to stop worrying about all the things that could go wrong and take action towards your goals:
How To Stop Worrying And Start Taking Action
1. Calm Down Your Nervous System
Your brain doesn’t know the difference between a real and imagined threat. It treats them both in the same way.
An example? When I moved to London to start my business, I worried I’d fail and end up homeless. In reality, that was never going to happen. Worst case scenario, I’d just have gone back to living with my parents in Italy until I got back on my feet.
But, to my mind, the risk of homeless felt so real, it made my nervous system go into worry overload. Every time that thought popped into my head, my body got flooded with cortisol and adrenaline, preparing it for fight or flight mode. When you’re in that state of worry and anxiety, you only see the problems, not the solution. You’re in a place of lack, not abundance.
That’s not a good place to make decisions from. Before you can take any kind of action towards your goals, you must first calm down your nervous system, so you can see the threat for what it is – a random thought that will likely never come true.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Don’t wait until you have another worry attack to decide how to calm down your nervous system. Make that decision now, so when the worrying starts again, you’ll know how to calm it down. Here are a few ideas:
- Go for a walk in nature.
- Listen to some inspiring music.
- Dance like no one’s watching.
- Journal on what’s worrying you (this helps you see how irrational most of your thoughts are).
- Have a bubble bath.
- Paint your nails.
- Play with your pet.
- Anything else that relaxes you.
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2. Reframe Worries Into Possibilities
I know what you’re thinking, “But Giorgia, what if some of those worries will come true? Shouldn’t I be aware of them so I can prepare?”.
I’m all for anticipating what could go wrong and plan for it, as long as you don’t blow the worry out of all proportions and get stuck in fear and paralysis.
When you question the negative thoughts that are causing you to worry, you’ll find they’re not as catastrophic as you thought. Heck, most of them are downright false or outdated.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Whenever you think a negative thought, question it:
- Was this thought true once? Is it true now?
- Do you have absolutely certainty that this thought is true, that it WILL certainly happen?
- If this thought were to come true, how would you prepare for it?
- What’s the best case scenario, the opposite of what that negative thought is telling you?
- What other possibilities/scenarios are there?
- What’s scenario is more likely to happen? The best case scenario or the worst case scenario? Or another one?
When you question your thoughts, you realise they’re not the truth. Other scenarios are possible. Why not use all your time and energy to focus on the best case scenario and make that come true?
3. Make A Decision
Worrying keeps you stuck in indecision. It makes you believe that choosing anything is too risky. What if you end up worse off than you are now?
But not choosing anything is a choice, too. When you don’t commit to your dreams, you’re committed to what you have right now. If that doesn’t make you happy, then it’s time to make a different choice.
Every decision made out of fear and worry – including the decision to NOT choose anything – is a decision that WON’T get you closer to your goals.
Worry and fear keep you stuck in limitations. You’re so focused on what you can’t do, be, or have, that you don’t see all the resources and opportunities that are already in front of you.
When you can’t trust what your head is telling you, drop into your heart. Trust that if you have a desire to do something, it’s meant for you and possible.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Think of a decision you need to make, but worrying is getting in the way. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and put your hand on your heart. Now ask yourself what decision should you make. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? The first thing before the doubts and worries creep in? Trust that – especially if it both excites you AND scares you at the same time.
4. Break Down Your Goal Into Manageable Steps
Starting your business. Moving to a new city. Launching a podcast. Big dreams, even when you’re fully committed, are overwhelming. Where do you even start?
Start small. Break down your goal into the smallest steps you can take.
If you want to start a podcast, for example, the first step is to come up with your topic. What will your podcast be about?
When you focus on a small task, your brain won’t worry about how to make your big dream come true or all the things that could go wrong. It only focuses on getting that small thing done.
One small task at a time, you’ll trick your brain into reaching your goal – without worrying about what could go wrong every step of the way.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Think of a big goal or dream you’d like to accomplish:
- Break the goal into small steps.
- Schedule these small steps into your calendar.
- When the time comes, calm down your nervous system, focus on the best case scenario, and just do it.
Wrapping It Up
The way to stop worrying and start taking action towards your goals? Start by calming your nervous system, focus on the best case scenario, make the decision to go for it, and act on it one step at a time. You’ll reach your goals sooner than you think.
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