Is Worry a Misuse of Imagination? It’s humbling for me to admit, but I often struggle with worry. In fact, if it was a professional sport, I’m confident that I would win a championship. I’ve often been anxious about my family, my company, the sports teams I coach – you name it. But, the thought occurred to me that worry may just be a misuse of imagination. Worry and imagination are really very similar because they both involve visualizing the future. Therefore, worry really is just a misuse of imagination. ## Worry vs. Imagination Despite their similarities, the differences between them are significant: * Worry cultivates a mindset of scarcity. Imagination cultivates a mindset of abundance because it’s about possibility. * Worry makes you dread the day. Imagination creates excitement and optimism. * Worry focuses our minds on bad things that *might* happen. Imagination focuses our minds on good things that *could* be possible. * Worry has a way of draining us. Imagination has a way of energizing us. ## Turning Worry Into Imagination In looking at the differences between worry and imagination, it’s definitely a better use of time and mental resources to focus on what could be possible. A good way to turn worry into imagination is to allow yourself to go to the worst-case scenario briefly. Then ask, *If that did happen, what possibilities would that create?* If you can learn this technique, you can prevent worry from becoming a misuse of imagination
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