There are two things you need to know about how you feel and one thing you need to do.
The first thing you need to know is that you worry–or feel this crazy fear–because you are smart. I’m not being condescending. This is truth. Dumber folks among us don’t worry much. They may not be afraid of much.
Smart people are generally more creative and imaginative than dumb people.
Smart people can get tripped up with worry and fear, but worry and fear are just a misuse of the creative imagination that has been placed in each of us. We start to imagine and create things that could happen, that might happen, that will occur if this or that happens. Sometimes you might scream fire when there isn’t even any smoke.
The second thing: The easiest way to defeat the doubts and fears is with logic. And you can use logic because you are smart.
1. You think the way you do because you’re smart.
2. You have to defeat those thoughts with logic.
Over 40% of the things you worry about will never occur.
About 30% of things you worry about are things that have already happened–in the past! All the worry in the world isn’t going to change what’s already happened.
12% are needless imaginings about our health. My father had a heart attack at age 44 and I’m 43. Oh my! My leg hurts. I must have cancer.
Just over 10% are worries about what other people think. We can’t do anything about what other people think.
There is only 8% left for legitimate concerns. But…these legitimate concerns that can actually be dealt with. Most people are so concerned with the 92% of things they can’t do anything about, or control, or change, that they have no energy to deal with the few things they can handle.