What to do when something goes wrong

If you’re optimistic to a point, where you genuinely believe that today, tomorrow and every day from now on will always go as planned and nothing will ever go wrong. You’re feeding your illusions. Your goal in life shouldn’t be to avoid any and all evil. But to be ready to act accordingly when something goes wrong.

And to know exactly how to respond, do the following:

Use the label “suboptimal”

Instead of trying to figure out the best term to describe what’s going on and lose yourself in a number of unperceivable words, you can evaluate a situation with a particular characterization. According to Dan Dworkis, an emergency physician, the key word to us is “suboptimal”. To put it simply, it’s one level below the best possible result. This approach ensures at least one factor that will allow you to react more level headed. In essence, you recognize the difficulty of what has been presented but don’t push yourself to an extreme reaction such as labeling it “awful” and “destructive”.

Take a step back and take a deep breath

When something goes wrong, the instinctive reaction is to rush to rectify the situation. However, the more difficult the case you have to deal with, the more harmful is a response if your mind isn’t clear. From a psychological point of view, an unexpected event causes the creation of electrical and chemical signals that have an effect on the body and mind. Dan Dworkis suggests using breathing techniques in order to give these signals time to subside so you can act more calmly. One technique he uses during emergencies is the so-called box breathing. According to neurologist Jill Bolte Taylor, such reaction of the organism lasts about ninety seconds.


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