Feelings are always more intense for the unexpected.
- Didn’t know it was going to be chilly today? You’ll think it’s freezing.
- Didn’t know about that surprise quiz? It’ll seem like the hardest quiz ever.
- Didn’t know you had a 9AM meeting? Now you’ll probably be fired.
Surprises lead to exaggeration and negative thinking. But you can reverse the propensity to think of the worst outcome by focusing on perspective. Is it really that bad? Life goes on.
Preparation doesn’t guarantee success either. It just increases confidence in the planned execution. Mistakes and emotion still happen.
A good attitude may be all you need to handle both the expected and the unforeseen. You can lead the good life even if you can’t always control it.