Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Be Anxious for Nothing

I've always struggled with unrealistic expectations and perfectionism.  As a result, I learned firsthand how it leads to procrastination and fuels anxiety.   Perfectionism is the killer of productivity.

I was the kid who washed out the watercolor tray after each use to avoid all of the colors being messy.   Just recently, I redecorated a cake FOUR times, before deciding it was good enough (still not right, but good enough).  As I matured, I recognized how increasingly anxious I was becoming.  As if the daily Valor baths weren't an indicator.Every decision received crisis status, which resulted in avoiding decisions altogether.  One look at the to do list and I was hit with another wave of anxiety. It was a vicious cycle.

Because I didn't experience nervousness and never reached full fledged panic attack, I didn't recognize it for what it was.   By acknowledging the problem and paying attention to triggers, I've learned to listen to my body and circumvent the downward spiral.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

(Phillipians 4:6-7, The Message)

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