Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come. - Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene II
My Take - This is a pretty stoic way of looking at it, but it's accurate. We tend to look at something bad and make it worse trying to find all of the possible permutations. Things usually turn out better if we just look a bad situation in the eye, spit in it, and get on with it.