Folks, I’ve been through the real lows and the absolute highs in this profession, and I’m thankful the latter have been more abundant and permanent. But I know the roller coaster ride, and here’s a piece of advice, not just for consultants, but anyone: There is a difference between worry and concern.
Concern is the proper mindset for caring about an important issue, event, or condition. It means we apply ourselves to create effective resolution, monitor it, and utilize proper priorities.
Worry is the inappropriate reaction which dampens our talents, creates often irrational behavior, and moves in circles which, like a corkscrew, drills deeper and deeper while going nowhere but down.
We spend too much time worrying, which is emotional loneliness and captivity, rather than exercising proper actions because we’re concerned. When we’re concerned, we wade in and resolve issues, we don’t sit on the sidelines fretting about them. (To fret. A great infinitive verb.) Worry is draining and enervating. Concern is positive and energizing.
Being worried doesn’t accomplish a thing other than create great stress. Being concerned creates intelligent actions and resolutions.
So don’t worry about being concerned. But be concerned about worrying.
© Alan Weiss 2012. All rights reserved.