Epictetus once said ‘it is not events that disturb people, it is their judgements concerning them.’
For years I looked to convince myself that my catastrophic ‘what if’s’ were true, and was always left bewildered by how they never came true.
What if thinking creates a loop of anxiety which only prolongs our addiction to suffering. It’s not that we can’t replace one what if for another, but rather it’s the uncertainty and discomfort of believing in a new what if that halts us.
Life is not meant to be lived in a consistent state of irrational fear. Rather, life is meant to be lived in a flexible manner, mainly around how we think about things.
My question to you today is this; which ‘what if’s’ will you pay attention to and replace starting today, prior to acting on that new idea? With consistency will come belief, with belief will come a new identity.
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