Most of us are running around life worrying about the worst that can happen. We try to prepare ourselves for the worst by dress rehearsing tragedy so we can be “ready” when (not if!) it comes. We focus on all the things we don’t want to happen way more than we focus on the things we do.
But here’s the thing: we all know that it doesn’t feel good to focus on the worst that could happen. So why do our brains do it?
I’ve had several clients ask me this lately, and I am just as good at dress rehearsing tragedy as anyone else. But I’ve trained myself to redirect my brain when it gets focused on the worst that could happen, and think instead about where I want to go + what I want to create in my life.
When we focus on the worst that could happen, we get anchored there. When we focus on what we really do want, then we move slowly + surely in that direction.
In this week’s episode, we’re talking about why our brains like to worry about the worst that could happen instead of thinking about all the good things in our lives. We’ll chat all about why trying to “prepare” ourselves for bad things to happen actually takes the joy + peace out of the good times, and I’ll give you some ideas for redirecting your brain. And we’ll talk about committing to the best-case scenario instead of the worst.
WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER
- Why our brains focus more on the worst that could happen than the best
- What happens when we get attached to the false promise that preparing for bad things to happen will make them easier to bear
- Why it is so exhausting to dress-rehearse tragedy
- How focusing on the hard or negative parts of life can actually get us stuck there
- How to redirect your brain to think about what you want in life and commit to it wholeheartedly
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