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Before a presentation or important call, your mind begins to race, thinking about all the “bad” things that could possibly happen.
In life, every event is unpredictable – even those events we’ve done dozens of times.
Looking for all the things that could go wrong can make us forget about all the things that could go right. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to change this negative perspective and break the cycle.
Figure Out Your Reasons
Do you think there may be a reason behind why you think the way you think?
Are you afraid of change?
Do you feel uncomfortable getting your hopes up?
Fear could be the driving force behind your decisions. But it doesn’t need a front-row seat. The sooner you understand the reasons behind your emotions, the easier they can be to understand.
Create Positive Alternatives
There isn’t just one way to look at things. The possibilities of any situation are endless.
Let’s say you have to pitch an idea to your boss and are feeling a little unsure about it.
It can be so easy to assume they’ll dismiss it immediately.
But you don’t know that. There is a very real chance they will love it. Who knows, they may even have something similar already in the works for next year.
It’s all about creating different narratives.
Rewrite Your Story
We are the authors of our own story. You are the main character in your journey.
Now, life isn’t perfect and things won’t always go your way.
Just because a job interview or date didn’t go your way, does not mean you have failed. It means you have learned.
“If you put negative thoughts into your mind, you’re going to get negative results. It’s just as true that if you put positive thoughts in your mind, you will be a recipient of positive results.” – Lou Holtz