Tim Ferriss is famous for the “fear setting” exercise, instead of the “goal setting” exercise.
We all have dreams and desires that we’ve been putting off for a while.
By asking ourselves “What is the worst thing that can happen?”, we are putting a face on our fears.
By listing them and defining them, we will realize that:
- It was not so scary and critical after all
- There are ways to reverse the situation if you regret doing it
- We tend to exaggerate the negative side and underestimate the positive side
Writing our fears and journaling in general, capturing the “monkey mind”, are wonderful exercises to control our negative thoughts, and help focus on the positive ones instead.
I recommend trying the fear setting exercise. You can check out Tim’s article that includes a TED video that he did.