Panic is a non-resourceful
state that makes it impossible to deal with adversity in a
constructive manner. Apparent calamity is a time for calm
determination. Step back from the problem, regain your
composure, and deal with adversity after you regain an objective
state of mind.
Panic causes you to lose your
perspective, and taking precipitous actions in a panic-stricken
state is likely to make your problems worse. When you feel
panic welling up inside, itís time to stop acting and start
thinking. Thatís not to say you shouldnít take immediate action
when there is a life threatening emergency; just be certain what
youíre doing is appropriate, and it actually makes the situation
better rather than worse.
In 2004, there was a massive
tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed nearly 200,000 people
and washed millions of tons of debris out to sea. We had to
sail our yacht from Thailand through all of that debris in order
to reach the Mediterranean Sea. There were three large debris
fields, and the only way to get across the Indian Ocean was to
sail through all three. It was scary to sail blindly at night
wondering whether you were going to run into floating logs or
even whole trees. The first two debris fields off Thailand and
the Nicobar Islands had smaller size debris, and except for
floating logs, werenít too much of a worry.
South of Sri Lanka, it was a
completely different story. There were hundred foot trees
floating in the water and if you hit one of them, they could
easily sink your boat. When we talked with other yachts on high
frequency radio, we heard tales of them sailing over logs in the
night causing damage to their rudder. This was a real
opportunity for the voice of fear to fill my mind with panic.
Fortunately, panic never got
the upper hand. In fact, we kept panic easily at bay by simply
taking down our sails at sunset and drifting alongside the
debris all night long. After sunrise the next morning, we again
raised our sails and carefully worked our way out of the debris
field, sailing past giant trees that could have damaged or sunk
If we had panicked, and
irrationally sailed at top speed through the night because we
wanted to escape the debris field as quickly as possible, we
probably would have sustained serious damage to our yacht.
Panic could have had potentially lethal complications.
When adversity pays an
unwelcome visit, make sure you donít let panic come in the front
door. You can handle adversity and setbacks as long as panic
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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