Anticipation (Thinking Negatively)

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

We all know the term postmortem, which means that doctors examine the cause of an unexpected death. In a wider context, outside of the medical world, we can examine something in hindsight, after it happened. In contrast, there is a new technique called premortem. In it, we try to envision, in advance, before something starts, what can go wrong.

We should always be prepared for disruptions and include them in our plans. This doesn’t mean that nothing bad will happen, but with collected resources, and by being mentally prepared, we can be in control of the situation if it does. If nothing bad happens - great. It is much better to be pleasantly surprised than unpleasantly disappointed.

Too often we imagine and expect that everything will go well. As a result of our anticipation of bad things happening, we can accustom ourselves to reality. The aim is not to ruin dreams, but to raise defenses, to have the strength to bear what the future brings, and to avoid mistakes.

Actions to take

Principles to follow