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Before Defining Your Goals Define Your Fears

Tim Ferriss has a short 5-minute video from the Google I/O conference. He talks about first defining your fears as a means to overcome them. I agree that our worst fears never come to pass. They sure can hold us hostage and keep us from acting, but I have never been in a situation where they have actually occurred in my own life!

It is a worthwhile exercise to consider the worst-case scenario when confronted with a big decision. Write it down. Look at it. Laugh at the absurdity of the chance of it actually happening. Recognize that even if it did happen, that you would still be OK at some level (you would still have physical health, or emotional health or good friendships or peace of mind ….etc.). Then press on with newfound confidence that the worst isn’t really all that bad.


  1. ultrarunner says:

    I think it’s important to take the time to analyze the chances of media-driven, fear-inspiring “threats” actually coming to pass in your life. things like dying in a terrorist attack, in a plane crash, of “swine flu”, etc.

    You have to actively and constantly tell your subconscious mind that it is extremely unlikely that ANYTHING bad will ever happen to you. Say it aloud whenever you read or hear about such “threats”:

    “That will never happen to me.”

    Also, never allow others to talk calamities to you. Always cancel out the negative impact on your subconscious by verbally stating a denial, then get put of there.

    Your subconscious will believe anything you utter aloud (or appear to accept from others without challenge – including soap is sexy, etc.). You can rid yourself of unjustified fear (fear unaccompanied by a tangible, present threat) by convincing your subconscious that there is nothing to fear. Again, it will believe anything you tell it, and, most importantly, it will set about looking for conditions conducive to making what you’ve told it become reality.

    Start by denying any possibility of illness, accident or failure touching your life. Out loud. To other people, verbally or in writing, as much as possible, whenever they bring it up. Control what you circle says to you and about you (people will describe you as you programmed them to describe you with your own past words).

    Become fearless.

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