Taking Anxiety For A Ride

Ever listened to someone define anxiety in such a way that modified it fully?

I won't forget sitting in class and having my master coach say to everybody, “Now lots of things are on the point of changing in your life, and this will bring up some anxiety, but just think of anxiety as new things happening. “


New things happening? I've never thought of it like that before. When we actually get down to define anxiety in a very strict sense, it’s a sense of worry or uneasiness about a situation that has a little bit of uncertainty surrounding it. What could happen next? What will the outcome be? In a way, anxiety is a fantastic indicator of forward thinking or “row boat thinking,” a phrase I have just lately coined.

What is the thought behind “row boat thinking?”

Each one of us are given a fascinating account through our lives that sounds a lot like this…”I’ll be happy when this happens. It will certainly all turn out when I arrive there. ” The issue is, we are rowing toward this island that does not exist. We think it’s there, but it is one of the best created mirages we have ever seen. It’s attractive. It’s beguiling. It’s just enough to keep us grasping and thirsting for more. But there’s great danger in this sort of thinking meanging that anxiety can be our best indicator that we are actually caught in the act of doing it in the first place.

Living in the future can have as many negative side-effects as living deep in the past. We all really know what it is actually like to need to escape our past, but I’m going to hazard to say that we must avoid living in the future just as much. We will be able to get stuck in some place, a very doubtful place, that honestly is beyond control. Should you set goals and have a vision for what you want out of your life? Absolutely. But the danger is building the foundation of your true happiness on such a place.

The one guarantee I can make you about this life is that it will change. You can not go to the past, the present is changeable at any moment and the future is to be decided.

So what are we actually able to do?

That uncertainty…love it. Embrace the hell out of it. The uncertain places in your life are occasions to have nothing short than delightful magic knock your socks off. Do you actually know what is going to occur? Absolutely not. Will you attempt to project as much as practicable? Yes, we’ve all done that haven’t we? But when you start coming back to the present time, constantly because our minds never stop getting distracted, you get to completely be here. Here is a great spot to be. Start basically seeing what is occurring around you rather than spending so much time distracting yourself from everything that's not in this moment.

So all stress really is, when it comes down to it, is new things taking place. Enjoy that feeling and sit with it. Basically take the time to really feel the chaos in your gut and then take a moment to start to understand why it’s coming up. “In this moment, what is the thing that’s happening at this time that’s honestly new?” When you begin to do that, well, things become more fun. But when you stop living in times to come the uneasiness begins to vanish altogether.

It is actually about how we define anxiety in the first instance.

Evan Sanders is the author and creator of The Words Of Encouragement a website dedicated to bringing encouraging words to all those who are in need of some help, whether that ranges from helping people define anxiety to providing them with strong powerful quotes about life so they can continue to chase their dreams.

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