It has been said that when left with incomplete information, we fill in the blanks with the worst-case scenario. Human nature seems to lead us down the path of worry. Anticipation of the unknown can create a host of anxieties.
What are we doing to ourselves? Looking back, those events we spend so much time worrying about rarely play up to our negative expectations and often never happen at all. It’s the anticipation of the event that gets our blood pressure to rise, adding stress to already stressful times.
How can we change? Here are a few things that have worked for me:
- Look back at similar circumstances and remind yourself that the worst-case scenario very rarely happens. It likely won’t happen this time, either.
- Walk through the worst-case scenario playing in your head. How would you react? What would REALLY be the worst that could happen? See yourself living through it. Learning from it.
- To counter the above exercise, walk through the best-case scenario. See how you can shine in a difficult situation. As you do this, take note of what you need to do to support this happening so that you are best prepared.
- Find someone to alleviate your fears by reminding you of your knowledge, your expertise, or your preparedness – whatever it is that you have that is going to carry you through this event.
- Finally, remember what you are doing to yourself. Sometimes simply remembering that you are worrying about situations that will likely not take place may bring a little peace.
And then, walk through it. Make the presentation. Ask for the raise. Have that difficult conversation with your kid, spouse or parent. Step into the hot air balloon. Put on your party dress. Go. Shine.