Planning and preparation can help us to anticipate problems, and give us the chance to make adjustments if we see something on the horizon which could be a problem.
But we can also become too distracted or focused on the ‘what ifs’…and end up creating new problems for ourselves.
Trying to find that balance can be hard. We want to do our best and avoid any pitfalls, but in doing so, we lose sight of the here and now. Maybe we appear distracted or not interested in what is going on around us. Or we freeze and can’t take action, because we’ve built up all of these scenarios of failure in our minds.
Try and notice how much time you spend on the ‘what if’ scenarios…and whether you’re thinking too much about what ‘might’ happen, rather than what ‘is’ happening.
Being able to recognise these thought patterns is the first and most important step.
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