How We Can Take Anxiety For A Ride

Have you ever listened to a coach define anxiety in just such a way that would modify it down to its core?

I'll never forget sitting in class and having my master coach say to everyone nervously looking at him “Now lots of things are going to change in your life, and this will bring up some anxiety, but just think about anxiety as new things happening. “


New things going down? I've never thought of it like that before. When we get down to define anxiety in a very strict sense, it’s a sense of worry or nervous tension about a situation that has a little bit of doubt surrounding it. What could happen next? What will the outcome be? In a way, anxiety is a superb indicator of forward thinking or “row boat thinking,” a phrase I have lately coined.

What is the thought behind “row boat thinking?”

We are given a interesting narrative through our lives that sounds a lot like this…”I’ll be happy when this happens. It’ll all turn out when I really get there. ” The problem is, we are rowing toward this island that doesn’t exist. We think it’s there, but it is one of the finest made mirages we have ever experienced. It’s really sexy. It’s captivating. It is simply enough to keep us grasping and thirsting for more. But there’s great danger in this kind of thinking meanging that deep anxiety can be our honest indicator that we are actually caught in the activity of doing it in the first place.

Living in the future can have as many negative complications as living in the past. We all really know what it’s like to need to run from our past, but I’m going to say that we absolutely must avoid living in the future almost just as much. We will be able to get stuck in a place, an especially doubtful place, that honestly is beyond control. Should you set targets and have a vision for what you truly desire out of your life? Absolutely. But the danger is building the basis of your true happiness on such a place.

The one guarantee I can make you about this life is that it’ll change. You cannot go to the past, the present is subject to change at any moment and the future is to be decided.

So what are we able to do?

That uncertainty…love it. Embrace the hell out of it. The uncertain places in your life are chances to have nothing short than true magic happen. Do you truly know what is going to pop up? Naturally not. Will you attempt to project as much as possible? Yes, we’ve all done that haven’t we? But when you start returning to the present time, over and over again because our minds never stop getting distracted, you get to fully be here. Here is a great spot to be. Start basically seeing what is going on around you rather than spending too much time distracting yourself from everything that's not right here and now.

So all nervousness truly is, when it comes down to it, is new things happening. Enjoy that feeling and sit with it. Really take a little time to truly feel the chaos in your belly and then take a second to start to comprehend why it’s coming up. “In this moment, what is the thing that’s taking place at this time that’s honestly new?” When you start to do that, well, things become lots more fun. But when you stop living in times to come the anxiety starts to disappear altogether.

It’s all about how we define anxiety in the first place.

Evan Sanders is the author and creator of The Words Of Encouragement a website dedicated to bringing encouraging words to all those who are in need of some help, whether that ranges from helping people define anxiety to providing them with strong powerful quotes about life so they can continue to chase their dreams.

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