Many of us are worried about different issues and matters in our lives. We are anxious and afraid of what could be or not be that would hurt us, displease us, displace us or bring us down.
At varying degrees we are all worried, some worries are severe, some are mild but as humans, worry is part of our everyday lives.
Worry is natural considering the number of things we are tied to and involved with yet have no control over.
You live in a nation and an environment you can’t totally control. You live with people you can’t absolutely control, you work with people you can’t easily control; in fact you’re married to someone you can’t adequately control and perhaps have children too you can’t seemingly control. Most of us just wish and want to believe we can control people and things we’re responsible for, truth is, it’s a wish, all humans have the power to yield or rebel, they can decide to be for you or against you, they can choose to be loyal or disloyal, they can choose to stay or even walk away. Our strong wishes and hope is for everyone important to us to still keep thinking and acting in line with our desires.
As humans, we are daily exposed to threats from the world’s system and even Mother Nature. We could get fired from our jobs, the company could go down, our own businesses could go down, accidents, vile attacks betrayal, disfavor, broken marriages, remaining single, infidelity, infertility, major financial loss, terminal illness and even death scare most of us daily. What we mostly do is just push all these aside from the top of our minds and live a life of hope that things will work out in our favour eventually.
Worry and anxiety are natural human emotions, but the excess of these can be quite harmful and destructive. Many of us are facing severe health challenges today based on worry, fear and anxiety. Many of us are not happy, excited, or passionate about life, we are not enjoying our lives based on fear and anxiety.
We are terrified by unexpected eventualities, we see the threats, we see the coming crisis; we perceive something may not go well, however, and unfortunately, most of us hardly react, mitigate or contain negative possibilities or eventualities appropriately before they become full blown. What some of us do is wait, remain still, refuse to react and simply wish or hope something or someone or even God will help avert the negative possibilities before they happen.
However, the longer we wait and realize external intervention or help isn’t coming, the more afraid and anxious we become until we eventually break down psychologically and physically. For Audio Version Click here
Ladies and gentlemen, think with me this morning, what exactly would your finances look like in three years? Would your income have doubled? What would your responsibilities look like in another three years, would they have doubled? Would your bills have doubled? Then juxtapose these situations with how the economy could be in three years? Will the naira have appreciated considerably? Will costs of goods and services decrease significantly? Will there be significant increase in your salary? How bigger will your business be in 3 years? What financial health strategies are you working on? What financial growth are you looking at in three years? Are you doing anything about your financial wellbeing in the future? Are you deliberately controlling and driving up your cash inflow trend, or it’s totally out of your hands and control?
Are you pitching with luck, benevolence, human or divine favour or government performance? Will what your company sells or what you do still be valuable to consumers and customers in 3 years? Are there new winners threatening your market share?
Could you possibly be out of a job before 3 years? Could technology make your job description obsolete in 3 years? What are you doing today, about your tomorrow? Are you actively building your tomorrow or you’re wallowing in wishes, blame games, benevolence, religiosity, hope and gambles?
Are you stuck in a life or career routine that has no regard for a superior tomorrow? Are you well equipped today and varied to work in other industries, sectors and organizations if suddenly you lose your job in your sector? What are your actionable plans for a successful tomorrow?
Do you really love yourself and care enough for you to protect and preserve your happiness, welfare and wellbeing in future? Do you desire a perpetual upgrade in your life?
Dear friend, I want to encourage you this morning to move away from that zone of acute worries. You need to tame and mitigate excessive worrying, by taking action against possible, negative eventualities or outcomes in your life.
If you critically think about your life today, you may realize you’re building your life around hope and making plans based on wishful assumptions. Wishes, no matter how intense can’t change your realities. You must learn to accept life as it is not as you wish it to be. You must learn to accept people as they are, not as you wish them to be. You must learn to accept situations as they are not as you wish them to be.
We all pray and hope for a better Nigeria, for a healthier economy, for a superior political system and for real prosperity to cover the land, but whiles praying for all these, we must apply our minds, heart and muscles in dealing with how the nation is today. If you don’t, you could become a victim of the current, not too palatable system. To keep excessive worrying at bay, these are the things you must do:
Dear friend, to drastically reduce your worries and anxieties, take action, do something, don’t just keep talking, lamenting, complaining, and blaming everything and everyone, yet do nothing. Your future is too precious to play games with, dear friend, activate a great future today.