Worry is nothing less or more than a habit.
It’s complex only insofar as our individual tendency towards it, but otherwise it’s pretty simple and, ultimately, a decision.
Worry is self indulgence masquerading as concern and love for others.
Worry is letting our mind indulge in thoughts and scenarios we have no control over. It’s a misuse of our imagination to create negative feelings for ourselves and those unlucky enough to be exposed to our worry.
Concern, on the other hand, is a result of thoughtfulness, mindfulness, and care. Concern is using our resources to help ourselves and others avoid extra pain and suffering, if possible.
Concern always offers the option of action in the present moment.
If I’m concerned that I left my key in my car, I can return to my car and check. If I’m concerned about my son driving to Tahoe in snowy conditions, I can make sure we think ahead and get some snow tires on his car. If I’m concerned about an early morning session, I can do everything possible to get a good night’s sleep.
This is concern, and it’s worlds away from the habit of worry that is the soundtrack of the lives of so many of us.
Worry is the mind gone awry. Worry is the toddler who has taken over as the driver and somehow against all reason has us buckled in helplessly in the child’s seat in the back of the car.
Seriously, we would never let a 4 year old take over the driving, but we do so constantly when we let our minds go wild, ruminate endlessly, and churn negative scenarios like cream that has long ago turned to butter.
Why do we do this?
By the time most of you read this, worrying has turned into a habit and like smoking, drinking, and any other negative habit, it has a mind of its own and is difficult (but not impossible) to undo.
But first, let’s unpack the reasons why we develop the habit of worry. You may relate to one or more of these reasons and my hope is that this understanding will produce a measure of self compassion — a vital prerequisite to change.
Here are four errors in thinking that lead to cultivating the habit of worry:
- We believe it makes us a “good” person. Isn’t this what our mothers and grandmothers did endlessly? This thought trap is especially applicable to women because historically we were unable to take effective action, so we had to settle for worrying.
- We believe if we worry about someone else enough and nag them incessantly, they will change the thing we want them to change. Please look back at real instances in your life and ask yourself when was the last time that this strategy worked. If you believe it works, it’s very likely that the other person is now hiding their actions from you or simply staying out of the conversation about the subject. Now you can be “concerned” for having created disconnection in the relationship.
- We believe if we turn the problem around over and over again in our head, we will eventually come up with a solution. First of all, neuroscience has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that a worried mind is unable to be creative and resourceful. No great ideas were ever the result of worry. Ever. And secondly, we are often worried about problems that have not occurred.
- We believe if we worry enough (like incessant praying) we can stop the bad thing from happening. That’s not true. Maria Popova explains it this way: “Worry at its core is the repetitious experience of the mind attempting to generate a feeling of security about the future, failing, and then trying again and again and again, as if the very effort of worrying might somehow help forestall disaster.”
So we let worry control our minds and our lives, and we wonder why we are generally unhappy, regardless of our positive life achievements and circumstances. It’s the same reason an alcoholic is unhappy even if he is a billionaire and has achieved extraordinary success.
There are a few books I use in my coaching, one of which is “The Five Regrets of the Dying” by Bonnie Ware. I recommend you read it cover to cover. But I’ll share only one of the five regrets that showed up consistently when people were aware of their lives coming to an end, and reflected on the truth of their heart.
Regret number five is, “I wish I had let myself be happier.”
Worry is not who you are, it’s what you do.
And like any other behavior that over time and through repetition has turned into a habit, we can undo it. If you’re fed up with the toll this habit is taking on your life and truly want to let yourself be happier, get the support you need and do it.
The best time to start was ten years ago, the second best time is today.
Is Crypto Safe? What You Need to Know
What You Need to Know About Crypto Security
The cryptocurrency market is booming with more new coins and startups than ever, but they’re not all created equal. Cryptocurrency is a trailblazing technology that could overhaul the financial systems of the future. However, it’s wise to do your homework before actively trading or investing in cryptocurrencies with price volatility and privacy concerns.
What Is A Cryptocurrency?
Digital money that makes use of cryptography to safeguard transactions and regulate the generation of new units is called Cryptocurrency. It’s called a cryptocurrency because it relies on cryptography’s encrypted form of data. Cryptography also provides anonymity for users by obscuring their identity and, indeed, all aspects of their transactions.
Cryptocurrencies can be mined, traded or used to purchase goods and services. A person would have to rely on already established relationships with merchants or banks to make purchases in the past.
How Safe Is Cryptocurrency?
Cryptocurrency is more than an idea to create a digital form of currency at its core. Cybercriminals have learned that they can target these digital currencies because they are not regulated and not backed by any government. In theory, it’s tough to track down the source or the location of cryptocurrency transactions.
Cryptocurrencies are a prime target opening for cybercriminals since it’s difficult to trace transactions and identify the individuals involved.
How to Safeguard Your Cryptocurrencies
Cybersecurity in Cryptocurrency is a common issue and one that you should be aware of if considering an investment. Though the concerns are real, these problems can be mitigated mainly through a few simple security steps before trading or investing in Cryptocurrency.
Here are some basics steps to help secure your account from Cryptocurrency transactions:
Enable two-step authentication and password protect your computer when searching for cryptocurrency exchanges. This will prevent anyone from accessing your machines if they are stolen or hacked.
Use a Virtual Private Network
A virtual private network (VPN) is a computer network where you can hide your proper IP address. If a hacker were to try and break into your account, they would see an IP address from the VPN, so it would be impossible to gain access.
Backup Your Wallet
Backup information that includes public address and private keys. This will help you retrieve any lost currency or prevent others from transferring Cryptocurrency from your wallet.
Use Multiple Wallets
Using more than one Cryptocurrency wallet helps protect your investment from theft even if your account is compromised. If you have a cryptocurrency wallet on multiple devices and platforms, it’s easy to keep a backup of your information in case of an account breach.
What Are the Risks Associated with Cryptocurrency?
With all the blockchain talk about decentralization and anonymity, getting swept up in the hype is easy. Cryptocurrency has become a rapidly growing portion of the investing market, and many retail investors are looking to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies.
While the technology behind cryptocurrencies is impressive, risks are rushing, making trading and investing in Cryptocurrency risky for inexperienced traders.
Phishing scams come in many forms, including emails and text messages. These scams can occur on an individual or a more general level, as most commonly happens. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes information on detecting phishing scams. Still, it’s hard to tell the difference between a legitimate cryptocurrency exchange and an imposter because most large cryptocurrency exchanges do not have contact information listed for regulatory reasons.
Cryptocurrency is a very volatile market that can swing wildly in either direction in almost no time at all. All cryptocurrencies are responsive to news, which can cause price changes within minutes or hours. There are also several different types of currencies, so you may have a hard time getting used to the volatility of each type. If you see only one digital currency (e.g., Bitcoin), it’s easy to assume stability when it’s still highly volatile.
While using crypto for online payments is a convenient method to pay for products and services, there are significant hazards involved with such transactions. When you pay for anything using bitcoin, you have no way of knowing the seller’s identity or having your payment details validated by a third party. You’re on your own if there’s an issue with the transaction.
With online purchases, you don’t have access to a complaint process, and there is no recourse if something goes wrong. This all results in anonymous transactions that pose risks online. As long as Cryptocurrency continues its rapid growth, this will be an iCryptocurrencyilers and sellers will need to solve.
Cryptocurrency is a highly sought-after currency for investors due to its untraceable nature and ability to exchange value without interference from a third party, such as a bank. However, this feature also makes it an appealing target for cybercriminals.
If you’re considering investing or trading in Cryptocurrency, educate yourself on the processes used to make transactions and invest your money safely and securely with reliable services that vet every transaction before letting it go through. Before diving in headfirst, make sure you research the different types of Cryptocurrency available and what risks are associated with each one. For more information on Cryptocurrency and its different types, visit our blog now!
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Sixty-six percent of Americans don’t believe they can make a big impact in the world.
That figure is according to Points of Light’s research on civic engagement. But what if I told you there are actually many ways to drive change?
Today’s political climate can feel divided or even stagnant, but the truth is, you really can make things better, starting with your own community, one act of kindness at a time. And those aren’t just words. I’m here to share real, practical ways for you to make a difference.
The Points of Light Civic Circle helps people connect to opportunities and understand that doing good comes in many forms. It is a framework that represents your power to lead, lend support and take action for causes you care about and live your best civic life.
The Civic Circle provides actionable examples of all the ways you can change your community to reflect the world you want to see around you. In fact, you’re probably doing some of these things already. Are you helping a neighbor by picking up groceries or chaperoning on your child’s class field trip? You’re volunteering. Did you vote in the last election or help others get to the polls so they could vote? Those acts of civic duty illustrate the “vote” element. When you buy a product, do you choose to support companies that reflect your values or advance a social cause? That’s called “purchase power.” There are nine elements of the Civic Circle, and countless ways to bring each one to life.
This blog is the first in a five-part series that will help you find real and manageable ways to activate the Civic Circle through apps, documentaries, podcasts and books.
We also offer other resources to help you connect with all the ways you can become empowered to be the change you want to see in the world. Check out our videos that provide an in-depth look at each element of the Civic Circle. And don’t miss Civic Life Today, our digital magazine series. Each issue takes a deep dive and provides materials, ideas and inspiration so that you can become civically engaged. Get started today, and launch your own civic engagement journey with these tools.
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