Dealing with Fear in Uncertain Times
“Don’t wait for good news, make good news.”
- James McPartland
We are living in uncertain times. It is in moments like these that we often can get run down with fear and anxiety about the future.
What does this mean for my family?
What does this mean for my home?
What does this mean for my job?
What am I going to lose?
These are understandable concerns, but keeping these conversations alive is a slippery slope to go down. It doesn’t mean they’re not real, but to get ourselves out of that fearful mindset there is an important question we can turn our focus to:
What do we do in light of those fears and concerns?
While life doesn’t always go according to plan, it is very important to be thinking about where we want to get to.
A good practice is to make two 90-day plans, a best-case, and a worst-case scenario. Work backward from the end result of both 90-day plans to today and ask ourselves these questions:
What do I need to do to make sure the worst-case scenario doesn’t come to fruition?
What can I do to make the best-case scenario come together, given what I can control?
Then begin to break it down even further and focus on the questions we can ask ourselves each day:
What have I accomplished?
What challenges do I want to lean into tomorrow?
What did I learn?
What am I grateful for?
With each new day we are given, we have the ability to shift our mindset from a state of fear of the uncertainty of the future to a state of intentional focus on the things within our control.
Practice this each and every day, and it will shape where you are headed.