The Cost of Worry

What never gets done because we give way to anxiety or unease?  What never gets invented, or created, or performed, or discussed because of interference of some concern?  Economists measure productivity based on the ratio of outputs created by inputs, and I wonder how much more we would do if we weren’t limited by worry.

It’s easy to joke that risk management is a worry business, but I think it’s a liberate-from-worry business.  If you feel like you know where you want to go, but you’ve got a list of worries, your two choices are either avoidance or dealing with it.  Planning around what you’re worried about is the only choice that’s going to move you where you need to be.

Every day I hear more reasons why people don’t do something (acquisitions, deals, job changes, vacations, delegation, school, etc.) than I have discussions about what can be done so that people can do something.  There’s no perfect unburdening of worry, and there’s no removal of all risks, but leaning on a plan that liberates and frees-up confidence of action is a better recipe than doing nothing at all.

Cost of Worry

Photo:  Wild Horse Island, MT