Below is an extract from my new book, Secure Your Future, due for publication on the 3rd of March. It is available from Amazon.
“Most people these days, when you tell them that their future is bright, will respond with a firm, “No, it is not!” Many of us feel that after what has happened in the last year, the future is by no means something to look forward too. On the contrary, we feel the future is dim at best, downright dark at worst. This is fully understandable.
I fully agree, the future looks bleak, but focusing all our attention on exactly how bleak is not advisable. Most of us feel overwhelmed by negativity when we think about our future, but dwelling on the impending potential disasters that may occur is not going to help us deal with the difficulties that we may be called to deal with.
That said, ignoring our current predicament is not going to help either. What is called for is an effective coping strategy. Or even better, a set of tools to help us cope with whatever challenges are coming our way in the next few years. A certain level of mental fitness will be required. This book proposes a simple strategy as well as a set of mental tools that will help us remain strong no matter what the future holds. These tools are highly effective stress management strategies. I think most of us can benefit from anything that will enable us to reduce the stress we are currently subjected to, following recent events.
In this book, we are first going to look at my all-time-most-effective coping strategy and then at ten mental tools that you can use to support this strategy. You do not have to use all ten. You can try them out and decide which ones work for you. You can use a combination of two, three or four tools or you can use one only. You can use one tool in one circumstance and another when faced with a different challenge.
You no longer need to fear the future. Whatever happens, you will be well-equipped to cope with all eventualities.
Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run, it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just take a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
Eleanor Roosevelt- You Learn By Living
The aim of this book is not just to empower you to dominate your fear of the future and handle your frustration with past events, but to enable you to cope effectively with stress and to help you fulfil your whole potential and work steadily towards the future of your dreams, a future brighter than your wildest imaginings and expectations.”
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