Liberate yourself from the pain of rumination

Multiple choice problems on standardized tests often
present more information than the student actually needs to solve it. 

This is
not an accident. Testing companies structure exams this way to teach kids how
to read problems carefully for all the instructions, key words and hidden

It challenges them to discern relevant information and not disregard
anything essential to solving the equation. 

However, about four percent of the
time, according to standardized study guides, there will not be enough information
to find an answer. And in fact, the final multiple choice option will be, not enough information to solve this problem

That’s a really important sentence. Especially in the test of life. Because
unlike standardized exams, many of the problems we’re presented with are
unsolvable due to a lack of information. 

And yet, we worry ourselves sick
trying to answer them, expending all of our mental energy fighting an
unwinnable war, and it doesn’t help. It doesn’t move our story forward. And it
definitely doesn’t solve the problem. 

Take job interviews. Your conversation on
the phone might have gone brilliantly, but that doesn’t mean you have enough
information to know whether or not you got the gig. 

You have no idea how many
candidates they saw, what their hiring budget is, how soon the need to fill the
position, or whether or not your criminal record of unsuccessful bank robberies
is conflict of interest. 

There’s not enough information to solve this problem. 

And so, don’t fall in the trap of worrying about it. Worrying about something
in advance is creating conflict before any actually exists. 

Liberate yourself
from the pain of rumination and just move onto the next thing. 


Are you spending your precious energy worrying about how others view you, or spending that energy taking good care of yourself?


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