Fear-setting

This practice can help you overcome self-paralysis and take action by separating what you can control from what you cannot.

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Do you struggle setting goals and to visualise your success in the future? For some of us setting goals is easy but for others, it can be incredibly difficult. If you’re the type of person who can really clearly see the worst-case scenario but struggle to see what goals you’re successfully reaching, this exercise might be useful for you. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action?

Tim Ferriss turns a goal-setting exercise upside by encouraging us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.

Steps

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Watch the Fear-setting video by Tim Ferriss (13 min)

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Sit down and think about the thing you are afraid of doing

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Define: List the worst things that could happen

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Prevent: List how you can stop the above bad things

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Repair: If the worst happens, list how to repair each bad thing

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Benefits: List all possible benefits from taking this action

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6 Months: List the costs inaction during this time

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1 Year: List the costs inaction during this time

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3 Years: List the costs inaction during this time

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Look back at your list. What conclusions can you draw? What are the actions you can take?

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