The German Institute for brain-friendly-working, founded by Vera F. Birkenbihl, has performed a study across Germany, Austria and Switzerland with over 20K seminar- participants since 1986 and analysed how people spending their time for worrying:
20% about important things
18% about banal minors
28% about unchangeable facts
34% about probabilities which anyway won't happen
Practically 80% of their time was wasted for non-important things?!
I remember one remarkable scene in the movie by Steven Spielberg "Bridge of Spies" with Tom Hanks. The character he played, Robert Donovan is asking Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance),
Robert: "do you never worry?"
Rudolf: "Would it help?"
Additionally, many CEO's and leaders are efficiently managing worries by questioning ... :
2. Is it worth?
3. What is the worrying limit?
You possibly also heard phrases like: "Ok, I have max. 5 minutes to drive crazy about this ..." Putting a strict worrying-limit is an efficient strategy used on top- management level.
How do you manage your worries?
I hope this thoughts will be useful for you someday and somewhere... and don't forget:
Stay cool: In a hundred years, nobody cares. :-)
Make it happen