One day I was talking to my husband about feeling overwhelmed by a particular issue. We sat and I told him blow by blow, and detail by detail about the heavy weight of my situation and the emotional fatigue that it caused. To be honest, I fully expected him to give me great advice on better approaches for the project. I thought he’d tell me to pray, reorganize, and restructure my plan. Well, needless to say, that didn’t happen. But what did happen totally changed my method for assessing stressful situations. He asked me one simple question: “what’s the worst case scenario?”
Hmm, I’d never considered the worst because like most busy women my focus was solely on getting the task complete in excellence. I was on auto-pilot: a situation came up, I put on my take-care-of-it hat, and my I-can-do-all-things dress, and I went to work. What an emotionally exhausting way to live; with the burden of thinking everything is suppose to turn out perfectly. The truth is some things are not going to go exactly as planned and I had to decide to be okay with that. Yes, I am totally at peace with knowing that there are few “worst” ahead of me. However, knowing this empowers me to deal with things effectively and prayerfully turn it around for my good.
I greatly reduced stress and emotional fatigue when I learned to consider the worst case scenario and you can too. Here are a few reasons why:
- You’ll determine if the situation is worth your time. If the end result creates minimal impact on your life then you have to determine if it’s really worth your energy.
- You’ll establish priority. Situations that have a serious worst case scenario are usually things that need your dedicated focus. In these cases, you can push other projects to the back burner (without guilt) so you can focus on avoiding the worst case.
- You’ll allocate the right resources. You need the right resources to handle your business effectively. Reserve your best resources to your high priority situations and projects.
- You’ll reduce undue sense of urgency. Urgency and priority is not the same thing. Urgency deals with time sensitivity and you’ll discovery that some things simply aren’t that urgent.
- You’ll rest better. Your mind will stop races during your attempted times of rest when you know what’s coming up the road. Establishing the worst cases gives you an advantage while providing time for you to make proactive adjustments.
Identifying the worst is not bowing to defeat. On the contrary, it is a powerful stress reduction tool and an excellent way of determining what’s important. Stop worrying, minimize your stress level, and focus your energy by taking stock and asking yourself about the worst case scenario. Really, what’s the worst that can happen?
Be brave enough to ask the question,
strategic enough to discover the answer,
and bold enough to make adjustments as needed.
Identifying the worst may be the best thing you can do.
With a journal in her hand and high heels on her feet Vetta Cash boldly teaches with humor and grace. The course topics change but her powerful core message remains the same: “You can live a life full of hope, joy and emotional/mental peace when you have a solid relationship with Christ.”
Vetta is an educator at heart with a ministry style that transforms her preaching platform into a classroom. Using words of knowledge and interesting examples and props, Vetta paints a vivid picture of what God is saying in His Word. She teaches the audience how to adopt the picture of the Word in their lives. Her powerful and fun classes are full of wise counsel and methods for moving forward.
Vetta Cash is a SPA Women: a spirit- filled, powerful, anointed woman who loves what God created her to do. She is a wife (Dr. Russell Cash, Jr. – Senior Pastor, FLOW Church), a mom, a national columnist, the executive pastor at FLOW Church, Founder/CEO of SPA Women and the Breathe Conference, a tea connoisseur & some other really cool stuff…but most of all…she loves Jesus!