Worry is what people do when they won’t, or don’t know how to be productive. Worry saps energy and provides a way to spend time. It goes hand-in-hand with procrastination and time wasters like continuously checking e-mail, social media or mindless web surfing – all of which keeps them from getting down to business.   

worriedWorry is rooted in fear, and because of fear, they justify the behaviors mentioned above. And although they may say to themselves or even publicly state their intentions to do something or reach a goal, they instead remain entrenched in a seemingly endless cycle of “getting ready to get ready.” As such, the weight is never lost because they haven’t studied the food chain in enough depth, and the book doesn’t get written because they just can’t find the right word or phrase and are thus experiencing writer’s block.

All of this is useless nonsense, serving only as a justification for not getting started in the first place. It’s as if accomplishing something has to first begin with some sort of grand scheme.

Getting past worry begins with an assessment of what one derives from it, because there is a positive intention for every behavior. The next step is to assess how important it is to reach the desired goal in the first place. If one wants it enough, preparation can begin with a simple action plan that can be constantly tweaked and changed in mid-stream as warranted – pursuant to goal attainment. Then as positive results start to surface, momentum increases and motivation rises.

The best way to free oneself from worry is to starve what feeds it – indecisiveness, inertia and mindless time-wasters. Put these in the rear view mirror, and progress toward a goal is bound to accelerate.

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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