We all have those rock-solid examples piled up in our portfolio. Unforgettable moments of what we anticipated as being the worst days of our lives.
Guess what? You survived them all!
Most of the time, these anxieties are generated by our minds even before they begin. The anticipation of what we may encounter when navigating new or challenging waters can be mind-boggling, to say the least.
That meeting you feel could make or break your career.
Making decisions that may impact your life one way or another.
That leap of faith you’ve been postponing for years.
Anticipating the worst is what typically flows through our minds across society. More than 50% of the thousands of thoughts racing through our minds often have a negative theme, with some studies suggesting it can exceed the 70% mark.
However, not all of these thoughts lead to action. They flow through our minds as rapidly as a class-four white-water rafting course, from entry to exit, without you breaking a sweat on how to overcome them.
“Move along,” as any well-trained Storm Trooper would say. Done and dusted.
It’s the less-elated moments with action embedded in them that generate worry and stress. Ignoring these impending moments may not be the best approach. After all, you still have time to confront them head-on when the specific moment arrives.
When you identify these moments yet to come, numerous techniques, such as controlled breathing, writing them down, visualizing the desired outcome, or using positive affirmations, have proven effective in managing them.
Survival of the fittest is not solely for the physically fit when challenging moments are on the horizon.
You have all the tools you need to prepare for what lies ahead without resorting to stress eating, excessive coffee consumption, or indulging in a few nightcaps to calm your nerves.
The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. | Dennis S. Brown