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Don’t Worry About Your Concern

Don’t Worry About Your Concern

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.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 5

  • John

    March 20, 2012

    Alan, this is one lovely piece.

    • Alan Weiss

      April 6, 2012


  • Philippe Back

    March 20, 2012

    Just in time for my case.

  • Dave Balch

    March 21, 2012

    Just what I needed to hear, just when I needed to hear it.

    It’s amazing how changing a single word in your mindset can change your entire outlook.

    Thank you, Alan.

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