Feeling anxious? You’re not alone. Anxiety is a common experience, affecting millions worldwide. But what if we reframed it? What if, instead of viewing anxiety as a weakness, we saw it as a potential source of strength? This is the revolutionary perspective offered by Morra Aarons-Mele, author, speaker, and host of the top-rated podcast “The Anxious Achiever.” 


Morra invites us to consider anxiety as a superpower waiting to be harnessed. It can be the fuel that propels us toward our goals, the sharpener that hones our focus, and the motivator that pushes us to excel.

Let’s explore this exciting prospect. Here’s how we can transform anxiety into an ally, not an enemy:

  1. Acknowledge Anxiety:

The first step is to acknowledge your anxiety. Ignoring it only causes more struggle and suffering. Instead, observe it and understand this emotion (such as all the other ones ) is trying to tell you something. In this case, it is part of your “protective instincts” and it is trying to tell you something. Assure it you’ve got this!

  1. Identify Anxiety Triggers:

What situations or thoughts trigger your anxiety? Is it public speaking, deadlines, or social gatherings? Identifying these triggers is crucial. Once you know your enemy (or rather, overprotective part of yourself), you can develop strategies to manage it.

  1. Channel Anxiety into Action:

Anxiety often manifests as nervous energy – a surge of adrenaline and heightened focus. Use this energy to your advantage! Follow getting prepared with channeling the anxiety into productive action. Need to prepare for a presentation? Anxiety can fuel your research and practice sessions. Facing a challenging deadline? Let your nervous energy propel you to meet it head-on.

  1. Embrace the Power of Preparation:

Feeling anxious often stems from a perceived lack of control. Counteract this by preparing meticulously, or making a plan. Making detailed plans, gathering information, and rehearsing for challenging situations helps build confidence, leaving less room for anxiety to take hold.

  1. Reframe Negative Thoughts:

Anxiety often whispers negative thoughts in our ears: “You’ll mess up,” it warns. “They’ll judge you.” Challenge these thoughts! Use positive affirmations like “I am prepared” or “I am capable.” Reframing negative thoughts disarms anxiety and empowers you.

  1. Celebrate Small Victories:

Every step forward is a victory! Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how seemingly small. This acknowledgement builds confidence and reinforces positive change. 

  1. Find Your Support System:

You don’t have to navigate this alone. Talk to trusted friends, family, or a therapist. Sharing your challenges can alleviate the burden and offer valuable perspectives.

  1. Prioritize Self-Care:

Taking care of yourself is vital! When you feel your best, anxiety weakens its hold. Prioritize good sleep, healthy eating, and exercise. Engaging in activities you enjoy creates a buffer against anxiety and promotes overall well-being.


Anxiety transformed is not the absence of anxiety, but the ability to manage it effectively. You can harness its energy for good, becoming a more focused, driven, and resilient version of yourself.

This journey of transformation is not always easy. There will be setbacks, moments when anxiety tries to reclaim its hold. But with perseverance and the tools mentioned above, you can empower yourself. Know that countless people have successfully transformed their anxiety into a source of strength. You can too! So, take a deep breath, tap into your inner power, and unleash the superhero within!

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