Ha! My What If Thinking Is Paying Off

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Hi everyone! I can’t tell you how many times people tell me not to worry about the future. I’m what you call a worrywart – I always imagine the Apocalypse happening (not literally – I just mean the worst case scenario) and then I work my way through it.

What I DON’T do is get paralyzed by it. I think that’s where I differ from some people. I don’t sit on my hands and cry about what might happen if the worst were to come true. 

I simply imagine it, and let the adrenaline of that worry kick me into high gear in terms of action taking to prevent that scenario from occurring.

I read a little snippet in a Woman’s World magazine that said in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, a study revealed that we should focus on the consequences of NOT doing something to prevent disaster.

So for me personally, I take action and work through things regardless of how I feel because I know what happens if I don’t get my butt in gear and do my work – I would end up struggling with bills, having to take my kids out of their private school, and so on.

I picture their sweet faces and imagine the horrible guilt I would feel. You can bet that revs me up – whether I’m tired, cranky, lazy or whatever – what if thinking helps me avoid the worst outcomes.

The article said that “adults who think about negative outcomes of NOT achieving a goal are MORE likely to hit their mark than those who fixate just on the target, and that considering potential pitfalls may help us plan better and avoid them!”

So if you’re struggling with not achieving a goal, try the opposite strategy and WORRY for once. Let it light a fire under your rear, but don’t let it paralyze you!

Tiff 😉

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4 Responses to Ha! My What If Thinking Is Paying Off

  1. Patti says:

    Hmmmm, setting goals is kind of hit and miss for me. Okay, okay, so I slack on them. But thinking about things this way is definitely worth putting to the test. 😉

  2. Joy Hamilton says:

    I am considered to be a positive person, but few people realize that I don’t actually live in a bubble. Before I plaster a smile on my face and choose to see the best in things, I have already considered the worst case scenario and formed a plan in my mind as to how I’d deal with it if the situation did arise. I’m convinced this is one of the reasons why I am able to stay well balanced even in times of extreme stress. I think the worst case scenario has only actually happened to me once. Before reading this post, I didn’t rally make the connection I can apply this thinking to my business, as well.

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