Every now and then, we face circumstances in life that could provide bad news. Bad news – and even just the potential for bad news – can really lead to a downward spiral in your relationships and productivity if you aren’t proactive.
Earlier this year I learned I needed to undergo some medical testing to determine if a growth I had was cancerous. The complete results took a week to come back. For the first few days of waiting for results I found myself a little jumpy when the phone rang – eager (but also not eager, if you know what I mean) to hear the news. I realized that this worry was beginning to squeeze the joy out of my days. After a few days of this silliness I chose to coach myself through the possible outcomes using visualization.
The answer? I realized I’d take my next breath, schedule to begin treatment, and would endure it with a very supportive network of friends and family.
Poof! My anxiety about answering the phone when the doctor’s office called me disappeared. I am extremely grateful to say the person who eventually called me with test results gave me very good news, and this was a great opportunity for me to come face to face with concern about receiving bad news.
People: you’ve got to try this.
Salesperson, stay at home mom, soccer coach – no matter which hats you wear in life, I challenge you to turn any sense of worry or doubt you have today over on its head. Worrying won’t get you anywhere, and it will most certainly rob you of enjoying today and being productive.
The next time there’s bad news or a chance for bad news, take a deep breath and do not run from the truth. Take a few moments to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself, but remain optimistic for the best news to come your way. Even if the outcome isn’t ideal, chances are quite high you are going to grow.
You are going to learn. You might even be developing part of your story to reach back and help others. One thing’s for sure: You won’t let the possibility for bad news get you in its grip and steal your joy.