How to Win With Worry

7 ways to use the force.

Andy Travis
7 min readMar 11, 2021


Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles…
by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”
Mark Twain

We are wired to worry. But it's a wire that can be used to harness heat that can be put to some personal and professional use. I used to resist my worried self. Now I treasure it and harness its energy to productive growth in my life.

Here are some ways to transform worry into a workforce.

  1. Create with it.

Worry has a lot of energy, It is a thought packed with desire and anticipation. So instead of letting it smoke and suffocate you, use it to create something you can use or give or share. I cook when I feel the hounds of worry coming. I write about worry to make its contours visible. Creation is an act of rebellion of the frontal cortex against the limbic brain. Use the worry in your mind to find alternate solutions to the problems held inside the emotion of worry. It's difficult to separate the two but if you focus on the desire for creation, worry will transform into a life-enhancing force.

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

2. Meditate on your worry.

The more you meditate and watch your worry, the more you start to observe it dispassionately. The act of observing what you worry about has the immense power of healing in itself. I used to worry about being incomplete and not good enough. Until I started to observe this thought when I meditated. The more I watched it rise and fall the more I understood it to be a belief that was linked to my childhood traumas. Slowly I started to shower that thought with love and warmth. I started to hug my worry and accept it. I started to surrender to the feeling of being low and unloved. Until slowly but surely that worry started to lighten and start to fade. Like how ink on a page starts to fade when exposed to the sun. Slowly but surely the act of meditating on my worries and observing the thoughts when they appeared, turned my worries into…



Andy Travis

A serial novelist, fascinated by what makes us tick, tickle & hide.