#050: How To Worry Less And Succeed More [Podcast]

Worry kills you slowly. It makes you sick.

Things Not To Worry About

We know this. But how do we stop worrying so much?

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In this week’s podcast episode:

  • How to trick yourself into exercise
  • Why worry is bad for you.
  • Why this week’s podcast is so late.

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Tip Of The Week

Trick yourself into exercising by combining it with something you love doing. A lunchtime conversation with a friend of mine led to a new attitude about exercise for me, and the tip of the week for you.

Spiritual Foundations

The spiritual effects of worry take a heavy toll.

Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed so is the body.

~Martin Luther

There’s no doubt about it. When we are sick, we are simply not capable of accomplishing as much as when we are well. Worry makes us sick.

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

Proverbs 12:25

And here’s one more thing to think about. Worry is the opposite of trusting God.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Feature Segment:

When I was in the radio business I spent a year working in a city back East, at a job I hated. My boss was mentally ill-seriously. It was like working for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One day he was friendly and courteous, the next day he was an overbearing, abusive monster.

I became a walking example of what it’s like to live in anxiety all the time. I began having anxiety attacks. I went to the emergency room more than once, thinking I was having a heart attack.

One morning, I woke up, and the left side of my face did not work. I tried brushing my teeth and water dribble down my chin onto my shirt. I thought I was having a stroke…

And this lead to the strangest doctor’s visit I have ever had. Listen to the audio for the full story.

When we worry, we spend all of our energy focusing on the negative, and operating in fear. This closes our eyes to possibilities that lay all around us. The fact is, most of the stuff we worry about never happens anyway.

But that is all philosophy. How about some practical tips on how you can just stop worrying so much?

If you would like to spend less of your time worrying, and more of it accomplishing, here are 7 things you can most definitely cross off your “worry list”.

  1. Don’t worry about things you can’t control.
  2. Don’t worry about things you can control (since you control them, what is there to worry about?)
  3. Don’t worry about what other people think of you (see number 1).
  4. Don’t worry about the past (nothing you can do to change it).
  5. Don’t worry about the future (see number 2).
  6. Don’t worry about the unknown (um…  since you can’t know it… what are you worrying about?).
  7. Don’t worry about how you might respond to any challenge (you’ll only know when you face it).

3 Tactics That Fight Worry

  1. Exercise
  2. Meditation
  3. Prayer. Worry replaced by prayer equals faith and peace.

Listener Questions

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  3. Evergreen Business System

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  • joe large

    Ray, I can relate to the boss. I’ve got one now, Dr J and Mr. H…problem is I’m kind of older and finding new jobs with decent salary and medical benefits are not exactly everywhere.

    Really appreciate your thoughts and sharing your experience.

    • http://rayedwards.com Ray Edwards

      Thanks Joe!

  • http://www.coppercoincoaching.com Ryan Eidson

    Ray, as I’ve listened to your show, I’ve found that more than once (including this episode) I heard it at a time I needed to hear it, at a time I needed to be reminded of it. A couple points on not worrying, specifically about the past or how I may react to a situation in the future, are what was necessary in my walk today.

    I have experienced more of God’s peace the past couple weeks because of prayer, instead of trying to make things work from my own energy. Praise Him for taking away worry!

  • http://collieradam.com Adam Collier

    Thank you for this post it helped me today. I like what you said don’t worry about things you can control, since you can control them why worry about them?, great point. Worry is irrational and destructive. I am a recovering worrier and prayer always seems to be the best remedy for me.

  • http://www.rcthomas.com Thomas Osthus

    Ray,

    Sorry to hear about your loss. As a kid I grew up in house that had 2 Miniature Schnauzers and I know how difficult it can be to lose not only one, but both of your “kids” within a few months. Stay strong.