Here are a few samples:
- Will my workshop go smoothly tomorrow? (anxiety)
- Will I continue to get new projects this year? (worry)
- Why did I have to say it that way? (guilt)
- Wow, I managed to stay afloat for eight years as an independent consultant (pride)
- I should get the contract (expectation)
- If he had been more involved in the project, we would have done better (blame)
Again, there is nothing wrong with each of these thoughts. In fact, a thought like “Will my workshop go smoothly tomorrow?” may lead to an action that improves the design of the workshop. However, the problem starts when these thoughts start repeating themselves and create a snowball effect. The story in the head becomes a full-fledged movie being played in the repeat mode without any commercial break.