Visualizing Your Fears - Stoic Exercise of Fear Setting

Visualizing Your Fears - Stoic Exercise of Fear Setting

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Introduction

Tim Ferris shares his recipe for avoiding self destruction, which is based on Stoicism. Think of stoicism as a means of toughness training. It trains you to separate things that you can control from things that you cannot control.

We suffer more in the imagination than in real life ~ Seneca

Exercise: The Premeditation of Evil

Visualize, in detail, the worst case scenarios that you fear.

Fear Setting - Tim's Adapted Exercise

For Tim, however, this exercise didn't work simply because he didn't want to keep anything in his head. He'd get distracted.

So he's adapted the exercise by doing the exercise on paper instead. He calls this Fear Setting

This doesn't make a lot of the hard choices easy. But it does make them easier.

We don't often consider the atrocious cost of the status quo ~ Tim Ferris

Exercise: Fear Setting

The exercise consists of three pages.

  • Page 1: This is whatever you fear.
    • Define: All of the worst things happening if you take that step (10-20 atleast)
    • Prevent: What could I do to prevent each of these from happening or alteast decrease the likelihood of that happening.
    • Repair: If the worst case scenarios happen what could you do to repair the damage, even a little bit. Or who could you ask for help?
  • Page 2: What might be the benefits of an attempt or a partial success?
    • Spend 10-15 minutes on this
    • We're taking a conservative look at the upside. If you attempted whatever you're considering, might you build confidence, develop skills, emotionally financially or otherwise.
    • What might be the benefits of a simple / partial success?
  • Page 3:
    • This might be the most important. So don't skip it.
    • The cost of inaction. (Emotionally, financially, physically)
    • If I avoid this action or decision and action or decisions like it what might my life look like in 6 months, 12 months, 3 years?
    • Any further than this seems intangible
    • Get really detailed

Things to Consider / Keep in mind / Ask yourself

Has anyone else in the history of time, less intelligent or less driven, figured this out? Chances are, the answer is yes.
Has anyone else in the history of time, less intelligent or less driven, figured this out?

Exercise Templates - Fear Setting

Exercise Template - Page 1

What if I ? (This is whatever you fear. E.g. Asking Someone Out, Quitting a Job, Getting Hardcore Fucked by NYU and USA)

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Define

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Prevent

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Repair

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Exercise Template - Page 2

What might be the benefits of an attempt or a partial success?

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Exercise Template - Page 3

The cost of inaction. If I avoid this action or decision and action or decisions like it what might my life look like in 6 months, 12 months, 3 years?

6 Months

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12 Months

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3 Years

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