Here’s what we do under stress.
We have a “higher event awareness.” That means we will tend to evaluate events out of context. We take a “good report” and make it “better news” than it really is. We also take a “bad report” and make it “worse news” than it is. In this journey, there will be good news and bad news. Let’s ratchet back our reactions either way. Seek to put news in perspective.
When under stress, have a “higher tendency to filter” news. Our thirst for good news can cause us to close our minds to the negative facts and reports we receive. Conversely, a negative perspective will cause you to receive bad reports and believe a doomsday perspective rather than perceive the positive developments the news might be highlighting.
Maybe an easier way to think about it:
So, what do you derive from this?
I have trouble determining what exactly will happen. How far will the illness spread? How will the economy react? How long will the trial last? What can our government do to help? What will they do?
With so many unknowns, it’s futile to wring our hands in despair or to assume this will pass without impact.
What’s important is to stay in the game, rely on your team, act responsibly today with the facts in front of us. Then, do it again tomorrow.