We often hear the phrase “don’t worry about it”!

Or “what’s to worry about?” or “it is a worrisome situation.”

As often as I try not to worry about something, I fail.

I decided to change the story about worry. Since worry seems to be inevitable, why not embrace the good?

Last week I was a student at a training session in Buffalo, NY. I absorbed tremendous information through demonstrations and lectures on a new business. However, I worried through most of the three days about how this new business would affect current accounts and staffing.

Then I worried about understanding all the material and being able to transfer what I learned. Impossible, it seemed to me. So then I worried about this being impossible.

Amy and Dave presented data, mockups, worst case, and shortcuts to starting. Amanda and Bethany covered table conversations, and Paul and Miles took on the technical details during our interactive sessions. It was a brain-full time.

And I kept worry by my side 24/7. What, when, how, and where?

And then worry worked for me.

All this time sitting with worry, going through scenarios to try this and that, approach this way or not, hire this person or work with current staff, the solution became clear.

Worry kept me in the game of moving the pieces and creating a new outcome.

Undervalued, overlooked, and highly effective.

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Marleen Geyen

The best part of me shows up in my writing about business ownership, leadership, family, personal relationships, travel and what I learn from human interaction.