“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ― Corrie Ten Boom
If you don’t know who Chris Guillebeau is, you need to get familiar. In addition to being on the verge of visiting EVERY country in the world, he routinely writes and teaches others about living an unconventional life.
Recently, I read a post on his blog that really resonated with me. In the article, aptly titled “Things Not to Worry About,” Chris discusses some of the things that people obsess over that make absolutely no sense.
Earlier this year I went on several dozen radio shows to talk about entrepreneurship and creating your own security through a small business.
Inevitably, the host of the show would take callers and someone would ask about taxes or business licenses. Sometimes the call-in was more of a lecture than a question: “You should really think about the license and tax planning process before you start any kind of business.”
Really? This is kind of like asking:
How do I pay the taxes on the millions of dollars that I’ll make?
My advice is to first figure out how to make the millions of dollars, then you can worry about paying the taxes.
I can totally relate. When I stop to think about what’s kept me from reaching many of my goals, I can pin a lot of it on my irrational worries.
Before I even start a project I sometimes roll off dozens of reason why it would be hard to accomplish or worry about the imaginary work that would be involved with managing my empire once it was up and running. But instead of working on building the empire, I worry about the lazy interns I may hire that will spend all their time on Facebook instead of running to Brooklyn to pick up my cheesecake (peace to Diddy).
Point is: I find every excuse as to why I can’t possibly get started working on my goals because my goals will be so wildly successful if I work on them I wouldn’t even know how to cope.
Can you relate? Do you point out all of the (artificial) things you’ll need to do when you reach the mountaintop that you forget to even climb?
If you’re like me you do.
But ask yourself this: do you want to merely worry about what will happen when you become a massive success or would you like to experience it first hand?
I don’t know about you, but I’d like to reach the mountaintop and then deal with the repercussions of my success instead of merely dreaming about it all.
Are you worrying about the wrong things?
Think about it.