Perhaps you’ve asked yourself I think about planning ahead. What about planning for the unlikely but possible?
While I’ve said a great deal about the harm of worry and the tendency to catastrophize every variation from the expected, I do respect planning. Absolutely! I also value being proactive instead of reactive.
Let’s face it; a great deal of life’s challenges will hit us out of nowhere. Perhaps later we feel foolish for not anticipating the disaster that befell us, but on the other hand, how could we have predicted the future?
Planning takes place in the now, having observed what’s happening right now in our lives. We of course have different levels of focus. There’s planning for a day long outing. Planning to move house.
Planning to be prepared for civil unrest or disturbance. Planning is not a bad thing! We all plan based on an anticipation of things to come compared to things that went before. In any case, don’t leave the now.
Instead of thinking the awful—e.g., “what if an asteroid strikes, the government falls, and I break my leg?” you can reframe your thinking—“what can I do today to help make myself less dependent in the short run on others to help me? Can I do that? ”
The difference in outlook is clear. One is a reaction to fear of doom. One is a deliberate attempt to better one’s situation, regardless of whether or not doom strikes.
This is more than a semantics game. If a big crisis hits, it may not at all work out the way we try to predict it. Constant observation of the world won’t give you 100% accuracy in prediction. That’s the wrong way to go.
Instead, by concentrating on the now, you can plan AND achieve small steps forward, while remaining flexible regardless of what happens. An open, observant mind will go far in making solid plans.