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Are You a Worrywart or a Dreamer? (Which one do you think is better?)

Are you a worst case scenario or best case scenario person? 🤔

People tend to fall into one of two camps when it comes to envisioning potential outcomes - those who imagine the worst case scenario 😱 and those who envision the best 😊.

Both approaches have their merits, but also their downsides.

The Cautious Worst Case Scenario Thinker ⚠️

Those who trend towards worst case scenario thinking 💭 tend to be more cautious and risk averse.

Considering everything that could go wrong 🚨 forces you to be more thoughtful and strategic. You are less likely to be caught off guard or make a devastating mistake.

Playing out doomsday type scenarios 💥 prevents you from having on overly rosy view 🌹 that could lead to disappointment or disaster. You are practicing prudence and wisdom. 🧐

However, this approach can also lead to high levels of anxiety, stress and fear.

😰 You may become so focused on the negative 👎 that you miss out on opportunities or positive experiences. If you only visualize catastrophe 💣, you can become withdrawn, paranoid and pessimistic.

Your relationships may suffer 💔 as you spread your anxiety to those around you. You may procrastinate taking action 🚫 since the potential for failure seems so high. 😟

The Optimistic Best Case Thinker 😀

On the flip side, best case scenario people 😊 are much more optimistic and hopeful.

🙂 Rather than getting bogged down in everything that could go wrong ❌, they focus on how things could go right ✅.

This provides energy 🔋, excitement and vision 👀. It seems like anything is possible 🌈 rather than insurmountable obstacles waiting at every turn. You can dream big 💭 and envision the brightest future. 🔆

The downside is that you may not be properly prepared for the worst case.

😬 Reality will likely fall somewhere in between. If you don't consider potential pitfalls 🕳, your plans may be half-baked 🍞 and collapse at the first sign of trouble. You may appear naive 😇 and out of touch with the risks people face.

When life inevitably throws you curves 🚗, you may not cope well. Disappointment can lead to disillusionment. 😞

Finding a Healthy Balance ⚖️

So which approach is best? The healthiest approach is likely somewhere in the middle. Here are a few ideas on how to blend optimism with prudent precautions:

  1. Have a few trusted advisors 👥 who can offer perspective. Some may naturally lean positive 😊, others negative 😟. Get a balanced viewpoint.
  2. Recognize that your natural orientation 🧭 shapes how you see the world 🌎. You may need to consciously compensate in the opposite direction at times. 💭
  3. Make detailed plans 📝 for the positives you want to see happen. But build in contingency plans 🦺 if things go sideways. Hoping for the best 🙏 while preparing for the worst.
  4. Look for evidence 🔎 that counters your natural bias. If you're very negative 👎, look for facts that paint a rosier picture 🌹. If you're very positive 😊, pay attention to warning signs ⚠️ and risks.
  5. When anxieties 😥 about the worst case creep up, redirect your thoughts 💭 to the possible positives. When getting carried away with best case visions 💭, pause to assess what could realistically go wrong ❌ and how you would deal with that.
  6. Find healthy ways 🏋️♀️ to manage your emotional response 😀😟 to future uncertainties. Anxiety calls for centering practices - exercise 🏋️♀️, mindset shifts 🧘♀️, counseling 💆♀️. Over-inflated expectations 🎈 may need a reality check ✅ from trusted advisors.

Aim for the Healthy Middle Ground 🎯

The healthiest approach blends optimism 😊 with wisdom 🧐, hope ✨ with prudence 🤔, and positivity ➕ with perspective 🌎.

This allows you to move towards your vision 👀 while avoiding naive 😇 or catastrophic pitfalls 💥.

The best case scenario 😊 puts you in a place of agency 💪 and possibility thinking 💭. The worst case scenario ⚠️ prompts preparation 🦺 and perspective 🌎. The perfect mix depends on your unique personality 👩‍🎤, context and vision 👀.

But anyone can find balance ⚖️ with self-awareness 🧘‍♀️ and intentionality 🎯.

So consider whether you naturally veer 🚗 towards best case or worst case visions of what lies ahead. Tap into the strengths 💪 of your natural orientation 🧭, while compensating for its potential downsides ➖.

Surround yourself with trusted advisors 👥 who can balance out your biases. And work on managing your emotional response 😀😟, whether that be tamping down anxiety 😥 or avoiding inflated expectations 🎈.

With wisdom and intention 🎯, you can land on an optimal midpoint between optimism 😊 and prudence 🤔.

Written by Adewale Ademuyiwa


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