Sometimes we predict poor outcomes because we’ve had a similar experience. At some point, something didn’t go the way we planned or hoped, and it made a lasting impact. It taints our view of the future when similar experiences come up. Sometimes we tend to be more Eeyore and less Winnie the Pooh. Eeyore tends to predict a negative outcome whether he’s had the experience, whereas Pooh expects the best and adapts when it’s not.
Sometimes our lizard brain gets involved. In prehistoric times our lizard brain kept us safe from predators by creating a high alert for risk. Expecting bad things to happen helped keep the early man in his cave safe from being attacked. Some people are risk averse and naturally generate all the possible adverse outcomes to an activity.
Until Next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.