Tim Ferris: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals [ENG]


By accident, I found the second TED talk of Tim Ferriss…. To be honest, I haven’t followed him much during the last years, but the presented approach of fear-setting is an idea worth spreading…


The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages 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.

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  • Stoicism: An operating system for thriving in high-stress environments, for making better decisions.
  • Premeditatio malorum. This is visualizing the worst-case scenarios, in detail, that you fear, preventing you from taking action, so that you can take action to overcome that paralysis.

Excel template

Excel template… Let’s keep it simple. .XLSX-template for fear-setting…