Worry comes in all shapes and sizes. It can either motivate us, cripple us, or somewhere in between. Taken to the extreme, worry can shorten a lifespan due to chronic stress, and keep us from taking the first step towards accomplishing a goal. Given that we HSP’s tend to over-analyze everything, the question then is how to be a worry-free HSP?
Decades ago, in his best-selling book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie noted several strategies we can learn from:
- “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” This quote is attributed to 19th century Scottish Philosopher Thomas Carlyle. What a wonderful thought to be mindful of when spending too much time thinking of the past or the future!
2. Willis Carrier’s Magic Formula to solve worry;
a. Ask “what is the worst that can possibly happen?”
b. Accept it
c. Improve upon it
3. “Live in Day-Tight Compartments” – a concept attributed to Sir William Osler, founder of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Osler formulated the concept while crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner, noting how the captain was able to push a button and close off portions of the ship into watertight compartments.
NLP offers additional tools to benefit us in productively handling worry:
Anchoring, Accessing States, Association/Dissociation, Decision Strategies, Motivation Strategies, As-If Frame, Outcome Specification, Perceptual Positions, Reframing and Timelines. Please contact me to discuss how to be a worry-free HSP through NLP Life Coaching!
All the Best!
Joe Capriotti – “Coaching to Thrive Through Sensitivity”