Fiona and I found ourselves on the day of a big presentation a few weeks ago and I woke up feeling excited, pumped, motivated, eager and…
Worried that the projector might not work.
Worried that our audience would hate our content.
Worried that our laptop might suddenly explode into a thousand tiny, fiery pieces, killing three participants and resulting a long, drawn-out lawsuit.
Well, not really. But some of the things I was worried about were just as irrational and unlikely to happen.
Of all the emotions we experience, worry is one of the prime contenders for the title of ‘Most Unhelpful’.
It’s closely tied with hunger when you’re desperately trying to lose five kilos.
(Anyone that doesn’t think hunger is an emotion, come see me at 3:00pm when I haven’t had a chance to have lunch.)
A litlle worry can keep us safe from disaster, but excessive worrying can keep us from taking a chance, from stepping up and from putting ourselves forward.
From taking that risk we really should take.
If you are finding that this most unhelpfulemotion is holding you back, try this – I love it and it’s working for me lately.
Try seeing the risk from another point of view.
What if this were the best presentation you ever delivered?
What if someone in your company found it really helpful and told to five other people how well you did?
What if the next thing that comes out of your mouth in that meeting is the smartest thing they have ever heard all day?
What if you put yourself forward for that role and they say you are perfect for it?
Imagine what could happen.
So I challenge you to take on this exercise for the rest of the day and see what possibilities come to mind.
If you think about it, worrying is really just thinking about the possible outcomes of situations that you’re going to encounter.
So what if every outcome that occurred today was a good one?
I’m now in the habit of picturing some of the challenges I expect to face throughout my day and imagining them finishing in exactly my ideal way.
It’s possible isn’t it?
Just as possible as it all going horribly wrong.
So let’s assume everything will unfold in the way you want it to. Why shouldn’t it?
And, seriously... what if this were the best hump day ever?!?!?!?