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Thought for today:

‘No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.’

— Karen Salmansohn

#thoughtfortoday #anxiety #future #regret #past #psychotherapy #coaching #entrepreneur

It is remarkable how often we have regrets for things that we have done.

Or how much we worry about things that might (or might not) come to pass.

I often say that if my clients could think away their problems, I would have a lot less work.

Yet that is precisely what they do in a way, just not in the way that is expected.

Anxiety serves a useful purpose – it prepares us for the unexpected.

It evolved as a survival instinct – be prepared for threat or danger.

It can become heightened to the point where we see only danger.

Similarly, reflecting on what we have done, and learning lessons, serves a useful purpose.

We get better, stronger, more effective.

Regret can become heightened to the point where we only see mistakes in our past.

And endlessly ruminate about them as if we can think the past into a different state.

If you have experienced either, or both, of these ruminative spirals, you will know what I mean.

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