Sizzling hot stuff is best kept at an arm’s length … … something I learnt along the path … …
You reach for it at a conducive time, do what you need to do, and then you let it be. This way it doesn’t burn you.
When you’ve let it be, you’re not thinking about it. Your mind has switched off from it. It is utilising its resources to do other stuff … … till it’s time to work with your sizzling hot stuff again.
Now replace sizzling hot stuff with Mrs. Market.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Mrs. Market can burn you. You need to work with it in a manner that it doesn’t.
You’ve understood that whole deal about the establishment of an emergency fund. Such a fund will render any burns only temporary. You have to have an emergency fund going first up, before you enter Mrs. Market. The income generated from this fund needs to cater for the basic requirements of your core family. Period.
Ok, good, so now you’ve got your protective gear on. Till you’re getting it on, you are absolutely disconnected from Mrs. Market.
Now let’s talk constant connection and disconnection.
Why allow something or someone to control your moods?
You are absolutely not giving Mrs. M that much power.
Therefore, play small.
Small enough to not lose any sleep over Mrs. M.
Play with stops. These allow you to disconnect from Mrs. M and focus on other work. Other work is as important as Mrs. M, or perhaps more important. Yeah, show Mrs. M her place in your life. This way she’ll behave herself. Giver her any more leeway, and she’ll take over your life, and you don’t want that, right?
So, connect to Mr. M, do your work, place your stops, and disconnect.
Don’t think about Mrs. M till you connect to her again.
The period in between connection and disconnection is your time. Use it for any activity that has nothing to do with Mrs. M.
Day in, day out.