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Turn Worry Into Plans

Turn Worry Into Plans

Turn Worry into Plans: Harness the Constructive Use of the Imagination

Many people spend a lot of time worrying about the future, which leads to detrimental effects on mental health, sleep, and relationships.

Worry is a negative use of our imagination, focusing our mental energy on potential bad outcomes. Instead of worrying, we can choose to use our imagination constructively by creating plans for a better future.

The Destructive Cycle of Worry

Worry represents a negative and counter-productive cycle where we expend energy imagining the worst outcomes. These troubling thoughts keep our mind occupied, robbing us of peace and often leading to sleepless nights. The constant concern about an uncertain future can also strain our relationships, causing tension and misunderstandings. Instead of falling into this damaging cycle, we can choose a more positive and productive path.

Constructive Planning: An Antidote to Worry

Planning is the constructive use of our imagination. It involves focusing our mental energy on envisioning a better future rather than dwelling on potential problems. When we turn our worries into plans, we begin to see the future as an array of possibilities rather than a looming threat.

The Steps to Planning

The journey from worry to planning involves a series of steps.

1. Establish Your Goal

All plans stem from a clear goal. Write down your vision for a better future at the top of a page. This vision could pertain to any area of your life - finances, health, housing, relationships, or anything else. Without a clear vision for a better future, we may fall into the trap of worrying about a worse one.

2. Quantify Your Goal

Make your goal more specific and measurable. If your goal is to improve your income, specify the desired amount. If your goal is to improve your health, detail the ways you will measure your progress.

3. Identify Required Knowledge

All goals necessitate new knowledge. Identify what you need to learn to achieve your goal. Knowledge equates to power, and by recognising what you need to know, you can target your learning to help you achieve your goal.

4. Identify Required Resources

Achieving a goal often requires specific resources. These resources can be technological, financial, or human (the cooperation and assistance of others). Identify what you need in these areas to help you achieve your goal.

5. List the First Five Steps

Having outlined your goal, quantified it, identified required knowledge and resources, the next step is to write down the first five actions you need to take. This provides a clear starting point for your journey towards your goal.


Worry can be a destructive force, causing undue stress and affecting our mental health. However, by redirecting our focus from worry to constructive planning, we can harness our imagination to shape a better future. The moment you have a goal, a plan, and a set of actions on paper, your worry will dissipate, replaced by a newfound sense of purpose. Therefore, do not worry - plan, and you will find yourself feeling better immediately.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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