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Before You Worry about Where You'll Be in Twenty Years, Worry about Not Facing Your Fears Now – B.G

Before You Worry about Where You’ll Be in Twenty Years, Worry about Not Facing Your Fears Now – B.G

So many times in life, we tend to worry about whether or not we’ll ever get through our issues. I know for myself, there have been a number of times when I wonder if I will ever get through my anxiety, if I will ever stop practicing in order to get through it and actually start seeing results. The thing is though, that if we are practicing consistently and working hard, we can and will get through our hardships. Before we spend time worrying about the future and whether or not we’ll be successful, we need to worry about getting started now; about working hard in order to beat whatever is holding us back!

While we may not always acknowledge it, we are often making progress. We may not be exactly where we want to be yet, but these things do take time. It can be scary thinking of yourself trapped in a cycle of anxiety and other problems, but if we spend all our time worrying about the future and not worrying about practicing and making progress now, our negative thinking will become something much more tangible and real.  The only real way to be successful in the future is to challenge ourselves in the present. We shouldn’t be worried about twenty or thirty years from now, we should be concerned about what we’re doing now in order to overcome our obstacles.

It’s hard not to obsess about the future. It’s saddening to focus on all the possible negative outcomes that can result from living our life in fear. However, there are ways to not focus on the future as much. We can try our hardest to do all in our power to train ourselves to be more positive and confident. We can begin to exercise more, practice facing our fears more, and maybe even learn something new like Yoga.  If we spent the time we spend worrying about our future selves on how to improve our present selves instead, this could result in a positive future as well!

So next time you start to worry about whether or not you will be able to get over your obstacles by the time you’re ten, twenty, or thirty years older, ask yourself what you can do right now so that you can be successful in the future!

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Before You Worry about Where You’ll Be in Twenty Years, Worry about Not Facing Your Fears Now – B.G
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About B.W. Ginsburg

For many years, I have struggled with anxiety and know how difficult it is to deal with something so seemingly limiting. I hope that through my writing I can help others realize that they are not alone in their struggles and that they can overcome their obstacles! I currently have blogs at www.gettingthroughanxiety.wordpress.com and www.restinpieceblog.wordpress.com - In addition, I am the author of the fantasy-horror novel, Rest in Piece and short story collection, Abstract Clarity. I also create and sell literary merchandise on teespring at bws-literary-closet and help co-design inspirational merchandise with a friend at travis-and-the-brain

10 comments

  1. One of the things that I am learning is that the ‘hard slog’ through the challenges is an important part of the process of becoming successful. Seth Godin wrote about this journey through the valley in a book called The Dip:

    “It’s the incredibly difficult challenges (the Dips) that give you the opportunity to pull ahead. In a competitive world, adversity is your ally. The harder it gets, the better chance you have of insulating yourself from the competition. If that adversity also causes you to quit, though, it’s all for nothing.” – Seth Godin, The Dip

  2. Thank you for the comment and for the quote from the book. I wish you all the best! Do you have a blog at all?

  3. You just said in sixteen words what I’ve been wondering for months.

  4. Thank you for reading my post, Amanda! If you work hard, you will get through your struggles!

  5. I totally agree with you!! In fact, I wrote a post about fear!! You can check it out at: https://liveandlearn88.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/fear/

    We must not give up!

  6. Great comment! I’ll definitely check out your blog!

  7. Awesome post 🙂 This is exactly what I try to focus on each day- staying present and working on making progress forwards! It’s def tough at times, but this was a nice reminder about not getting too caught up in the future, before making the steps necessary now, to get that future you desire. Cheers!

  8. Nicely written great post! Good reminder for us all what you said; we should indeed focus on “to improve our present selves instead, this could result in a positive future as well!” 🙂

  9. Thanks for the compliment! I wish you all the best!

  10. I was exactly in this situation 6 months ago. I had just gotten a really good new job, my first job out of school. Exciting right? But all I could think about was getting to that perfect job, always thinking of what’s next. Then I got pulled in to my supervisor’s office, I wasn’t good at my job. I realized I needed to slow down and become good at what I was doing before looking for something else. I was able to relax and let my worries slip away.

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