This one simple technique..... one simple question... can stop you from feeling overwhelmed and actually make better decisions.
How many times have you found yourself facing a decision where neither of the choices seemed right or wrong?
My life has been a series of these events. Let me give you an example, Yashica’s Intuition is my heart and soul but as of right now, it cannot fully support me so I still work my day job. I do well in that job and most recently had to decide if I wanted to accept a promotion into a more challenging position. My dilemma was that I was concerned about how it would affect me here in this role as a guide and a healer. I take my energy levels seriously in this role and was having a hard time making a decision. I also didn’t want to pass up what could be a stepping stone in my current role because it would broaden opportunities in my life overall…. I was overwhelmed.
But that was a choice.
Don’t get me wrong, ya girl was pulling tarot cards left and right…. Which never works by the way when I am so emotionally attached to the outcome.
I spoke with my fiancé and my astrologer. Both told me in basic words that I need to get over myself…. Not that blunt…. But that I was making the decision harder than it needed to be. They gave excellent advice, but you know how it is, you never really LISTEN right?!!!! Plus, it always feels like no one understands the struggle.
That is when I remembered this one simple question that has always helped me lean into changes, especially when there was no clear cut direction to travel go in and I start to panic and work myself up….. I always ask myself “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”
The worst thing that could happen is that I could die right…. Dramatic Scorpio coming thru right… but really think about it. What is the worst thing that could happen? Get a pen and paper and think about it for real, for real. Do this for each choice.
If you think I am crazy, read this book. Turns out lots of successful people use this technique.
What I have found is that once I have a list of Worst Things, my mind is able to come up with a solution to the worst things that could happen. From there, I can really assess the risks of each choice, pull my head out of my ass, and make a clear balanced decision free of emotions knowing that if any of the worst things do happen, I have viable solutions already planned out so that I can pivot if need be. If the worst things that could happen would cause total devastation to my life or create a very hard recovery, I don’t do them.
So try it out. What decision are you grappling with? What seems so overwhelming that it is consuming you or keeping you up at night? Something that is worrying you and you feel like you aren’t finding clear answers that you need.
Try this out.
Ask yourself what the worst thing is that could happen then brainstorm solutions to the things you come up with. I promise you that your decision will be much more clear, your anxiety will decrease, and you will sleep better knowing that you have all the information available right in front of you to make an educated decision.
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