Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Video of the Week - Fear Setting

I recently watched Tim Ferriss's TED talk on Fear Setting; yep, not goal setting as is the norm but fear setting. 

It is basically a technique whereby you enter the boxing ring with your fear, look it in the face, question its validity (remember the acronym  False Evidence Appearing Real), sometimes acknowledge that it does have a chance at winning and then do a simple risk assessment while you put your boxing gloves to use.  

Now that I have broken it down that way it seems pretty easy yeah? Well, it isn't as I have come to realize how easy it is to set goals in comparison with facing our fears, why else do some of us have a PhD in procrastination? 

So I was naturally curious when I stumbled upon this interesting reversal to the usual articles on goal setting; most articles point to daily habits and routines but I had not seen any (yet) that address the root cause of and practical remedy to procrastination and failing to achieve our goals no matter how well planned out they may seem and it all boils down to FEAR. 

Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of not being enough, fear of the unknown, fear of not being in control of the outcome and the list goes on.

“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

— Yoda

But as seen in this video (below), most times fear is like a mirage that appears quite real if not looked at properly and taking a realistic look at our fears helps us decide on what we can control and what we cannot control. I tried the technique on my plans for the Year and I realized how unfounded most of my fears were, how surmountable the ones that can happen are and basically buttressed my dear beloved mantra - what is the worst that can happen?  

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So why not try it out for yourself too, maybe just maybe that big scary monster that seems to be in your way is just a nylon flying loose in a dark corridor and giving off the illusion of a monster; take a step towards it, touch it and with all pleasure yank it off as you go on to conquer what lies right ahead. 



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