Stop Thinking the Worst
Since the beginning of time, people have long found the challenge to stop thinking the worst or stop catastrophizing, one that many people find it difficult to overcome. The human species has evolved to ask “what if?” in all types of situations. From the time that prehistoric man started his first fire to the most complex business decisions we make today, we consider the possible outcomes before we act.
Hypothetical thinking is a very useful skill. It allows us to consider the benefits and rewards when things turn out right and consider how we might deal with the situation if things go wrong. Thinking ahead of all the outcomes allows you to create a plan of action and also to create a backup plan “just in case.”
Most of us use this tool every day to make all types of decisions. If we plan to ask another person a question, there is no way to predict their answer. For example, you might plan to ask your boss for a raise. Your boss’s answer may be yes or no, but “what if” it is a maybe. If your boss expects you to meet certain milestones before you get your raise, will you agree? If your boss says yes but falls short of the amount you need, what will you do next?
Some outcomes have a greater impact on the individual’s life than others. A person on a diet might ask “what if” I eat dessert. Following through may have a minor impact on their diet if any at all. Normally, the person will consider these types of outcomes in a more detached way. Decisions involving matters like career choices, lifestyle changes, or medical treatments require more focus but these are not situations that arise every day.
When It Is Better to Stop Thinking the Worst to Stop Catastrophizing
Sometimes people focus too much on worst-case scenarios to the degree that they begin to feel real. They no longer ask “what if” in a detached way but focus on the potential for every situation to be much worse than it probably is.
Repeatedly asking “what if” can cause high anxiety and reduce self-confidence in their own ability to cope with life’s challenges. In spite of questioning everything in their lives, they no longer have the ability to come up with any answers.
Learn to Calm Worst-Case Thinking
Our cool calm collected program will help you calm worst-case thinking and regain the balanced thinking between worst-case and best-case scenarios. You will learn how to stop focusing on the worst outcomes for every situation and consider best-case and worst-case scenarios in a calm, detached way. Once you stop thinking the worst, stop catastrophizing, about every factor in your life, you can use your skill to make sensible decisions and act on them.