Do You Worry Beyond Reason?

    A common mistake many of us make is to overestimate risk and underestimate our personal resources. This can easily lead to excessive worry and anxiety. In this post, we’ll explore how this happens and what we can do about it.

    If you read or watch the news, take in mainstream entertainment, and listen to the pundit personalities professing their exaggerated opinions, you’d think the world was about to explode any minute. Combine that with the apocalyptic tone of 2012 prognostications and you’ve got a recipe for mental-emotional instability.

    Here’s a brief sampling of headlines just from today:

    “Sanctions could devastate economy”
    “Torture in Bahrain”
    “Mysterious Highjacker”
    “False Accusations and Confusion”
    “Retailers Desperation”
    “Coach Fired Amidst Abuse Scandal”

    And that doesn’t include all the headlines with the words “murder, war, rape, robbery, fire, and disaster.”

    If you lived your life according to the headlines, you’d be in a constant state of panic, anxiety, doubt, and confusion. You’d think that the whole world has gone insane.

    Yes, it’s true that we are witnessing many intense dramas on the global stage. Yet, it’s also true that we overestimate the risks and underestimate our abilities to cope with what’s happening. There are a great many positive things happening in the world today that get little coverage. Yes, we need to take action to make our world a safer, more cooperative place to live and thrive, but we’ll do that best from a place of honest appraisal of the situation and an empowered view of what each of us brings to the table.

    Here are a few suggestions for how to make the shift to a more empowered and cooperative world:

    1. Detach from overdramatizing and sensationalizing. Don’t buy in. Turn off the media when it does that. Don’t expose yourself to images that perpetuate violence, fear, and despair. Don’t believe the sound-bites. When you hear something that sounds preposterous, it probably is. If it is true, detach from making it bigger than it is.

    2. Honestly appraise the facts.
    Attempt to see “what is” underneath all the shouting. Yes, “facts” can be hard to come by, but they can be sifted out when you have the intention to get to the bottom of a situation that concerns you. When you talk with someone else, take time to listen to their point of view first, then clearly define yours, and cooperate to find a common ground of agreement.

    3. Put your energy and attention into solutions.
    It’s easy to blame, complain, argue, and fight. If you see something that you’d like to see changed for the better, engage in doing that. Join with others who have similar interests and find out what can really make a difference.

    4. Don’t underestimate your powers or the power of joint effort. Notice what can happen when people come together during “disasters.” It often ends up being a time when human beings shine. We actualize our highest potential when we are called to rise to the occasion. These times are calling us to do just that.

    The coming year will present us with many opportunities to be at our best. No matter what seems to be happening on the outside, I believe that “consciousness rules.” What we do on the inside will create a better world on the outside. So keep the faith and do your best. We’re all in this together—and together we can create an empowered cooperative world.


    Kevin Schoeninger

    P.S. Click Here to learn a powerful technique to “Raise Your Vibration” and shift from anxiety and fear to relaxed, positive presence.

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