One of the great qualities that make us human is the ability to see patterns in a few data points. The problem is we often convince ourselves that those patterns, especially those that augur good times or bad times, will persist indefinitely. We can learn a valuable lesson from marketing guru Seth Godin on the “Asymmetry of Decay” and about the stories we elect to tell ourselves…which in turn drive our actions…and results.
We are all human beings and can let our minds project ahead based upon the data points we have in our head. Does this ‘affliction’ pertain to you? What do you do to break the cycle of thinking in the negative and projecting disaster on yourself and others? Do you have the discipline to stop, reassess the situation and develop a new story?