You make a list of the people who would be let go before you, based on seniority and job performance. Then you prepare to defend your work if need be.
You try to identify what you may have done wrong recently. Then you invite a close coworker out for coffee and speculate about the meeting.
You proceed with your day, but in the back of your mind you think about all the things you dislike about your job, until a pink slip doesn't seem so terrible.
Option 4You spend the morning sending out feelers to your contacts in the field. Taking action and knowing you have other prospects makes you feel better.
Next: What your choice means
If optimism isn't currently your default, the good news is that it's a perspective you can cultivate. When you feel fear rising, try these two steps:
1. Fake a sunny attitude. Your brain gets feedback from your face—so if you force yourself to smile, you may actually feel better.
2. Identify all possible silver linings. Imagine you have the "righting reflex" of a cat: No matter what, you'll always land on your feet.
This exercise was created by Susan C. Vaughan, MD, author of Half Empty, Half Full: Understanding the Psychological Roots of Optimism (Mariner).
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