Day 8 - Combat Critical Thoughts by Imagining the Worst-Case Scenario - Liz Lima - Blog Post

Day 8 – Combat Critical Thoughts by Imagining the Worst-Case Scenario

Combat Critical Thoughts


Your inner critic can be more than a pain in the @ss. As you’re discovered along your journey so far, this internal dialogue can stop you in your tracks. It often holds you back from the things you most desire. It preys upon your most terrible fears in hopes that you’ll be too insecure to move forward. But what if you move ahead anyway? What’s the worst that could happen? Really. That worst-case scenario is what we’re going to examine today with the thought that you’ll discover: it’s not as bad as you think. At all! The worst-case scenario can be your best friend against your inner critic.

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About the Worst-Case Scenario 

The worst-case scenario is usually an extremely exaggerated belief about the outcome of a situation. This scenario is where the mind goes when there is doubt or uncertainty. Fear of the unknown is powerful, and the worst-case scenario plays upon that fear in sneaky ways. The worst-case scenario turns every potential outcome into a catastrophe when there isn’t necessarily anything awful at all. Often, things turn out just fine or not as bad as you thought.

How It Can Help You 

Looking back on past experiences you’ve had with the worst-case scenario is a great exercise. It lets you know that usually the absolute most awful thing you imagined never happened at all. You can use that knowledge in the present to use the worst-case scenario to your advantage. The worst-case scenario is usually playing in the background of your thoughts, but have you ever taken the time to confront it? Asking yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” and then discovering that question can give you some insight and perspective to help you move past fear or anxiety. It helps to stop the nonsense that’s playing in your brain over and over.

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Overcoming the Worst-Case Scenario 

Confronting the worst-case scenario is the first step to overcoming it. Asking this question puts you in the moment and into problem-solving mode. You begin to look at the situation analytically, rather than through the lens of fear. This gives you control that was missing when you just let your thoughts run wild, giving in to the worst-case scenario of your imagination. Now, you can take time to consider things like what the odds may be of the very worst thing happening or what it would actually be like for you if that thing did happen. Once you have a handle on things, you can move forward.

See, the worst-case scenario doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. You can turn things around and use it as a tool to push you forward and defeat your inner critic.

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