Fear is not Predictive
When we are run down, tired, stressed, burnt out, etc. we tend to think that our worst fears are absolutely coming true. How many of us have gone into a meeting with a boss certain that we were about to get fired? That fear, however, was just motivating us to be prepared for the meeting; prepared to accept responsibility for an incomplete project, or numbers that were not up to standard. Then we get to the meeting only to be offered some encouraging words from our boss. When we went in all stressed out, we were convinced that termination was imminent. Except that it wasn’t.
There are many times in our lives when our fear is trying to prevent catastrophe, not predict it. Mindfulness helps you know the difference.