My “Backtracking” Method to Dispelling Worry

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, on the subject of Worry:

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And here I am, looking through Study Period 1 of 6 of my newly started Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, and wondering what I’ve gotten myself into. Yes, I’ve nearly completed Study Period 1, with its 5 Units, and I only have 2 Online Assessments left to do. Soon I’ll be starting Study Period 2. The part I’m worried, no, concerned, about, is regards Work Placement. I’ve never done an Online course before in my life. Ditto Work Placements.

I’ve spent over 2 hours this morning printing out course information about these work placements, and watching Open Colleges’ YouTube instructional videos. I had a look through the various logbooks, Plans and Q&A interview questions that my Work Assessor will expect me to answer competently if I want to pass and qualify as a Vet Nurse.

Ok, get a hold of yourself, girl, before you run down the hallway hollering. Remember what the Dalai Lama said about worrying? Also, remember what your Spiritual Teachers, Eckhart Tolle and Wayne W Dyer said, about living in the present? Yeah, girl, you better practise what you preach!

Deep breath. Break it down into smaller components, so the problem isn’t so big and obvious. Tackle each of the smaller parts one by one, systematically, and sure you’ll soon see the back of the obstacle. And come on, girl, if other people are able to complete this course, qualify and get jobs as Vet Nurses, why do you, with your IQ of 160, even entertain any doubts about it? You’re too clever for your own good!

Hmmm…I think I’ve discovered a method of dispelling Worry. Well, it seems to be working for me, anyway. I call it the “Backtracking Method”. The idea being to backtrack along the problem, until you get to the gist of it, then apply the “Why Worry” principle. Maybe it’s “Mindmapping”? I don’t know, there are elements that are similar, but my method involves an inner conversation that goes backwards, not forwards, starting with the problem or source of worry. Maybe “Reverse Mindmapping”, then?

So, what’s my worry?
Getting a Work Placement.
Why am I worrying?
Because I’m not sure how easy it is to get one.
What are you going to do about it?
Read and research how it works.
And then what will you do?
Get a list of potential Vet practices in the local area, and write to them.
Ok, so that’s the 1st step. What else are you worried about?
The Q&A interview list has nearly 100 questions, mostly of a technical/surgical nature. I don’t know how I’ll be able to answer them all competently.
Have you studied the Science/Technical modules yet?
No, the Science doesn’t start til Study Period 2. Study Period 1 is just about Clinic practices, organisation, admissions and discharges, ordering supplies, documentation, payments, document storage, triage procedures.
Well, naturally you can’t answer those 100 questions, simply because you haven’t studied the subject matter, so why worry about it, once you’ve gained competence, you’ll also gain confidence. So, why worry?
I’m also worried about completing the Logbook and Portfolio. Both require regular updating, and photo and video evidence showing my competency.
Your fear is misplaced. You have never done a course like this before, so the subject matter is new. Plus, you have not yet started studying the practical hands-on aspect of veterinary nursing, so naturally you’re worried about not being able to do it well enough. Well, you can and will do something about this – you’ll study hard and get this under your belt. Keeping the Logbook and building up your Portfolio will be easy then. So, again, why worry?

So, there you are. I just talked myself out of getting into a tizzy over nothing.

However, talking to one’s self is a sign of madness, or so I hear…😄.

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