Minisode Monday #14 | Worrying Never Helps


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Welcome to the 14th episode of Minisode Monday! We keep finding so many useful tactics and tips that we want to share with you, but they don't fit into the format of a regular show -- hence, Minisode Monday.

Today, we tried to come up with a word for the opposite of worry. We failed, but it doesn't mean we can't put the idea to practice as we try to understand why worrying never helps.

The Cheat Sheet:
  • Have you ever seen Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks?
  • If you have, you might remember this line: "Would it help?" (We won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it.)
  • Worrying is what we do when there's nothing we really can do. It's counterproductive.
  • Worrying causes stress, which interferes with our performance, energy levels, and focus -- which makes it harder to deal with what we're worrying about in the first place.
  • The cure for worry? Presence (as recently discussed with Amy Cuddy, author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges). Focus on the task at hand. Face forward, but don't live in the pretend future where the thing you're fearing wins.
  • This differs from strategizing for contingencies, where you stay emotionally detached from potential outcomes.
  • Instead of worrying -- where the worst-case scenario is the reality we imagine -- try imagining the best-case scenario, instead.
  • To learn more about social dynamics and overcoming conditions like worrying, take the Art of Charm Challenge by clicking here, or text CHARMED to 33444.
  • Let us know about how you put today's Minisode Monday into practice! Leave a comment below, tweet with @TheArtofCharm in your response, or write to Jordan directly: (he reads everything)!

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