I am thrilled to announce my forthcoming book with Harper Wave – Future Tense: Making Anxiety Our Superpower.
When did anxiety shift from the exception to the rule? At some point in our lives, one-third of us – over 100 million people – will show levels of anxiety severe enough to merit a diagnosis, with debilitating symptoms of stress, fear, and worry standing in the way of health and happiness. Clearly, hundreds of books, thousands of rigorous scientific studies, and 30 different anti-anxiety medications are not helping enough.
Why? I believe it’s because we have the wrong story of anxiety.
In this age of a global pandemic, political polarization, and catastrophic climate change, many of us feel overwhelmed by anxiety for our future. To cope, we have learned to attack anxiety like we do any life-threatening disease – prevent it, avoid it, and stamp it out at all costs.
This is the disease story we tell ourselves. But it is harming us more than it is helping.
Future Tense: Making Anxiety Our Superpower argues for the radical idea that anxiety is not the enemy – it is our ally. When we tap into our anxiety instead of attack it, we realize that human anxiety evolved to not only be protective, but to build our creative capacity to be productive. Anxiety achieves this by making us into time travelers, propelling us into future thinking, where we are smarter, more focused, and more hopeful in the face of challenge.
This book details how – and why – we should adopt a new mindset about anxiety – a fresh set of beliefs and insights that allow us to explore and leverage anxiety rather than be overwhelmed by it. I share real-world examples and stories combined with the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, genetics, biology, and sociology. This book celebrates the lives of people who are using anxiety to their advantage and with the goal of making the world a better place. The best solutions in the world won’t stick if our view of anxiety unintentionally accelerates it.
By challenging our assumptions, we can reclaim anxiety for what it has always been – a gift rather than a curse, and an inner source of ingenuity and striving.
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Read more about Future Tense, along with tips and life lessons, in this recent interview with Authority Magazine.