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Extraordinary Times 25: Anxiety vs. Optimism

Predicting the future is the underlying theme of both Anxiety and Optimism.  

Anxiety is a fearful, negative prediction of the future and Optimism is a hopeful, positive prediction of the future.  Both are predictions – with the opposite perspective.

How can we moderate and modify the negative, fearful predictions:

  • Break down fearful thoughts into smaller parts.
  • Think carefully about each “part” of the thought and identify the negative fear.  
  • Think through the fear and identify what you can do to minimize the fear, or dispel the fear because it is unfounded.
  • Think through every fearful part of the negative thought; challenging each part to find a solution for the fear or to dispel the part/s as unfounded or highly unlikely.