If you're anything like me, you probably overanalyze most major decisions you make and overthink just about every thought that comes across your mind. Every time I dwell on something for too long, a stream of negative thoughts and fears inevitably invite themselves into my mind. Over the past few years, I've discovered and implemented a simple exercise that routinely helps me get out of my head and headed down a path of precise action. This exercise is infamously known as Fear Setting.
So, what is Fear Setting?
I first came across Fear Setting while reading Tim Ferriss's bestselling book, The 4-Hour Workweek. In fact it was Tim Ferriss himself who developed the tool in 2004. Tim describes Fear Setting as "a safety net from emotional free fall". I couldn't agree more. This exercise has got me out of many tough situations before. It's been so useful to me that I want to add it to your metaphorical utility belt. Below I've included Tim's TED Talk on Fear Setting. Give it a watch!
Now that you've watched Tim's TED Talk, you're ready to conquer your fears! Below, I've attached templates that can be used to map out your Fear Setting journey. I hope you've found this tool as helpful as I have!