So what is this "WHATIFMONSTER" anyway? Well, it's this monster that gets inside of our head to plant fear and anxiety and convince us the world is a dangerous and threatening place, that we should never take risks, and that we should always be afraid and on guard. It tells us that it's keeping us safe but it's really trapping us in an overly cautious and unfulfilling life.
It's the deadly rattlesnake I know is lying in wait for me before I even leave my house to go hiking. Or that voice that whispers and shouts "What if I ask a woman out and she laughs at me and turns me down?" or "What if my headache is really a malignant brain tumor?" "What if? What if? What if?" Sound familiar?
The monster grows to Godzilla-size as we continue to feed it until it ultimately paralyzes and devours us. It's our own creation and, since we created it, we're also the only one with the power to defeat and destroy it.
Next time: Doing Battle With the "WHATIFMONSTER". See you then.
*Note: This post was first published in April, 2014
Hi and welcome to my blog. I’m Jeff Aronson, TheFearMonsterSlayer. In this and future blogs I’ll share some simple, effective and fun tools for managing fear and anxiety. So, welcome aboard!