KEEP Your Head Above The TSUNAMI When You Know You're Gonna Drown
When you drown
For this particular post I must beggin with a quote:
We suffer more in imagination than in reality
Why this quote?
Simple. Because while you’re reading this post you are not drowning. But enough of absurd logic.
The truth is that most events and situations in life do not present themselves with a tag that categorarizes them as good or bad. It is in fact us that after having lived them we look back at them as good or bad.
So does knowing this help when you’re drowning? (We mean metaphorically, although that the same principles could be applied for situations such as drowning)
Well, it comes real handy when a stressful situation or high pressure situation comes around the block.
Imagination vs Reality
If you can tell in a stressful situation what is an imaginary threat and what is an actual threat you are way ahead of most avarege people. This implies that you have been able to think your way rationally out of a problem. This is easier said than done.
In order to think your way out of a problem the first thing you need to do is control your emotions, don’t let your impulsive instinct dominate you and your mind.
1 Option: Meditation
Meditation is great for really being in tune with your emotions and your reactions so you know exactly when an emotion is going to be triggered and how you can concentrate on more important stuff.
If you’re not very keen on meditation, are there any other ways to achieve this state of mind?
The answer is YES!
2 Option: Case Scenario (A Military Tactic)
What you need to do is imagine the worst case scenario that you can. In the most detailed way possible.
How can this help anyway?
What this does in your brain and to your emotions is that by painting a picture of the worst case scenario in your head you can more easily overcome them. You can foresee more clearly how the worst case scenarios would look like and how you could overcome them or at least minimize their emotional impact.
This is a technique essentially identical to the one that pilots from the US Air Force apply when they’re under extremely dangerous situations.
What they do is picture the:
- Worst case scenario
- Best case scenario
- Most likely
What this does in 3 simple questions is prepare the pilot for all most important possible outcomes in a clear state of mind, helping them to choose the most logical and reasonable decision.
So when you’re under big pressure try to ask yourself what is the worst, the best and the most likely case scenario and act reasonably.
Fly high and see you next time!