The human mind is naturally wired for anxiety.
Part of the natural human experience is to problem solve. One of the most useful tools in problem solving is understanding what could happen next. And anxiety is an obsession with solving future problems.
There’s an element of anxiety that’s built into the human experience and in small doses it results in a better life. But because we’re wired for it that means there are also reward systems set up in our brains that can make anxiety addictive.
It’s good to look ahead into the future to see what could go wrong, and sometimes it helps. But this also means anxiety can become an escape route when you’re not sure if you’re doing the right thing. Because you can tell yourself that you’re doing the right thing by trying to figure out what problem is coming next.
But if it overtakes your life it’s not the right thing.
Sometimes the right thing to do is the hardest thing to do and it even feels like the wrong thing to do.
Sometimes the right thing to do is to set aside future problems, let them be, and make a decision.
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