Don’t Be Happy: Worry

I have a terrible confession to make: it looks like I may turn out to be good at something after all. And that something is … worrying.

Many notverygoods can go all week trying and failing to come up with a useful idea or an original thought, but when it comes to worrying, the imagination just soars. Why is it, I often wonder, that if you ask us to visualise something fairly simple – let’s say, the dimensions of a shelf you might want to put something on – we can barely work out what the thing is, let alone picture it; but picturing 6 varieties of apocalypse is a standard pre-breakfast warm-up to get the day off to a good start.

It was when I realised that I was managing to worry about a penniless old age and an early, painful death in the same moment (I’m perfectly healthy, by the way) that I began to wonder if this should be seen as some sort of talent. I know all too well that I’m not alone – could there be a way of creating some sort of international worrying contest? Take a scenario – like a nice sunny morning on a public holiday – and see who can find he most reasons to worry about it in the shortest time? Let’s put our talents to good use!

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What Is a Comfort Zone and How Do I Get into One?

I’ve already vented in this blog about the off-putting language of  job ads, with their demands for desperately hungry and driven individuals who are good at just about everything.

Today though, I’d like to take the longer view and think about CPD, or Continuing Professional Disappointment. It’s a fact of working life that no sooner have you begun to grasp the basics of your new role than they suddenly change and you have to learn them all over again. For the notverygood, this means that if you’re in any job slightly above the level of cupholder, there never comes a time when you actually know how to do it, because what you know is constantly going out of date.

It’s an even odder fact that everyone is expected to enjoy this process, which has long been labelled ‘getting out of your comfort zone’ or some such. All very fine and probably what keeps the world going, but fairly alarming to those of us who don’t even have a comfort zone.

I wonder if the whole business of updating your qualifications and honing your skills and so forth would be easier if we didn’t have to pretend to love it? Or does everyone else love being offered a new hurdle to jump every time they thought they were getting close to being good at something?

 

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Low Achiever? Never Amounted to Anything? Congratulations!

Wonderful news!

According to the very latest research (well, it took me a few weeks to get round to finding it, but that’s a good thing as you will soon see) there is a reason why we notverygoods spend a lot of time staring into space, contemplating the meaning of life without ever actually working it out, and generally just idling. It’s because …. we’re clever! If you have the energy, do take a look:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/research-suggests-being-lazy-is-a-sign-of-high-intelligence-a7176136.html

Well, didn’t we know that all along? Admittedly it’s based on a small sample (they probably had trouble getting all those clever people to bother turning up) but I feel in my very lazy bones that it must be true. And it does explain such a lot, doesn’t it? So next time anyone confronts you with a list of all the things you haven’t accomplished, just give them a pitying smile and go back to thinking your deep thoughts.

Must be off, got a pile of work to smile serenely at. I’ll let you know how that works out … Have a good week!

 

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