But we need to learn to talk to ourselves differently, and talk truth to power - truth to our consciousness, rather than go on listening to the automatic rubbish in our heads.
The truth is - possibility is not the same as probability. I repeat - possibility is not the same as probability. Let that sink in.
When we suffer from anxiety it is often because we believe the lie that possibility is the same a probability, but it isn't. Let me explain.
When we drive a car we know that there is a possibility that we could be involved in a serious road accident. Yet despite that, most of us happily leap into cars and drive thousands of miles each year. We do so because although we know the possibility of an accident, we also know that the probability of it happening is low. We take care about how we drive (apart from anything else we want to look after the hunk of metal we have paid a ridiculous price for), and we know that the chances of having an accident are low. We evaluate the risk. And because the risk is low, we drive. But if we believed that possibility meant probability or near certainty, we wouldn't drive.
When facing anxiety we often wrongly assume that we are certain something threatening is going to happen, whereas the reality may be that is might not.
We need to start asking not, "Could this happen?", but "What is the likelihood of this happening?" We need to start taking truth to power: possibility is not the same as probability.