I am a what-iffer. I know that’s a made up word but it’s really the best way to describe my ever-present habit of troubleshooting a problem before it’s a problem. Also known, as Brené Brown would say, as foreboding joy.
I tend to ponder “what if this happens,” so then I am prepared with a solution. But this has me essentially practicing for bad things to happen. I am not in the military so it really isn’t all that useful of a skill unless I want to be stressed out all the time.
In the last few days, I have begun to turn that “what if” question around. I am now asking myself, “What if something amazing happens?” Then I visualize the best possible thing to happen that day. Even if it’s crazy or far-fetched go with it. It’s a much better use of your time to visualize something incredible and fun happening than imagining the worst.
And as they say, we reap what we sow and that goes for the activity between our ears as well.
Give it a try to see what happens. If you think you’ll read this and forget about it, write it on a post-it where you’ll see it throughout the day or set an alarm on your phone with this message and then spend a few seconds or a minute imagining something wonderful happening.
The more fantastic the better. What’s an even greater use of this super power is to do all this imagining as you are falling asleep at night. Then your brain has all night to devote to rolling around in this awesome thought pattern of positive and happy possibilities.
Go ahead and imagine:
What if something AMAZING happens today?”
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G