- Managers have plenty to worry about
- Worry becomes a skill or a liability
- Worry breaks help you manage anxiety and stress
Worries slip in and out of our stream of consciousness.
- We're constantly triggered to worry
- The triggers are largely subconscious
- Once we start worrying, it's hard to stop (and sleep!) 😖
Worry is a part of the manager's/leader's job!
- You have to prioritize your worry
- Some worries are needless, but...
- ...Many worries should be acted upon
How to take worry breaks
- Set aside time for worry breaks
- As worrisome thoughts come to mind, acknowledge them...
- ...but don't "worry" about them (yet)
- Tell yourself, "I'll worry about this later"
COACHING POINT: Use your notes app to capture the worry. This will help you track the worry. It's also a way of showing respect for and acknowledging the worry.
Your worry break routine
- Make a list of your worries (or simply reference the "worry-notes" you've captured)
- Prioritize your worries
- Think of each worry one at a time
- Listen for thinking traps
- Re-prioritize your worries
- Discount your needless worries
- Act on your most immediate threats
“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.” — Mark Twain