Afraid of the future?
Mark Twain once wrote, "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
Back in January 2014, I was facing some major changes in my fitness career. After living in the Hamptons since 2000 and chasing my passion for training people, I plodded along renting out various existing gym spaces, trying to make a difference in people's lives without too much risk or stress. Then someone made the choice for me and told me I had to leave the space I was comfortable in for 4 years. And I was faced with now where? Will people follow me? Space is exorbinant out here and did I really want my own studio? What if people don't come? What if I get lost in the shuffle of other large fitness name brands and numerous other gyms and studios popping up? I was afraid, uncertain and scared. And yet, miraculously a space suddenly became available, and I found myself swept up in all the responsibilities of entrepreneurship, getting an LLC, hiring a website designer, expanding my team of trainers. It was exciting, exhilarating and liberating that I actually risked a lot and found myself chasing a dream of 20 years and having my own studio. And then Uncertainly and Negativity crept in. How was I going to pay the rent, have energy to train a lot more often, be a businesswoman, raise 3 kids and send to college, and remain an active partner in another business I already had been involved with for 12 years? I made lists upon lists upon different scenarios and knew that if I was ever going to have the opportunity, it was the time to focus, put faith in my abilities, prayed a lot, and spoke to my mother, husband and best friend hourly to get their confirmation and support. It's working and every day I still work as if I have nothing and simply keep my nose to the ground and surround myself around positive, successful people.
Looking ahead to 2018 may be scary and have you feeling less than optimistic. If you fear the worst scenario is yet to come, you'll enter the new year feeling anxious about the what the future holds.
"Uncertainty and negativity bias feed into each other. The less comfortable you feel with uncertainty, the more likely you are to be biased toward the negative outcomes in an uncertain situation. Equally, the more negativity bias you carry, the less uncertainty you will be able to tolerate." Ahhh can feel so complicated. But read on...
Your brain on uncertainty.
Your brain is no stranger to uncertainty. It is immersed in a chronic sphere of uncertainty which it continually seeks to overcome through statistical inference. This lets it create a model of reality that shapes your cognitive narrative.
Through this process, your brain constantly writes a narrative of your life. As your story progresses, it simulates all the possible scenarios your plot is about to lead you through, before your future becomes your present.
Thanks to INC for providing such an awesome article. Don't be afraid and hit the ground running this year! Cheers everyone, Linda Silich
Source/ Stressed About 2018? Here's a Journaling Trick That Will Help You Write Out a Successful Future
By M. Storoni