Astronaut Chris Hadfield believes in the power of negative thinking.

That’s right, Canada’s space rock star believes you need to sweat the small stuff. Just going with the flow won’t get you anywhere, except perhaps downstream toward the rapids without a paddle.

In his book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Hadfield dismisses the idea that focusing on the negative actually invites bad things to happen. Anticipating problems and figuring out how to solve them is the opposite of worrying, he argues. It’s productive. While you may end up being ready for something that never happens, if the stakes are high, it’s worth it.

An astronaut who doesn’t sweat the small stuff is a dead astronaut I guess, but what about the rest of us?

 I believe you prepare as hard as you can, learn from your mistakes, and try and keep things in perspective. In most cases the situation that has you stressed today will be a distant memory a year from now; a blip on the timeline of your life.

It may not feel like it in the moment, but if you keep on plugging away, life has a way of working out.

For Chris Hadfield fans, the Rocket man is coming to the new Truro community Centre on June 25.  Tickets are available from the Nova Scotia Co-op Council . #Gala65 



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