In Part 1 of this 2-part series (which you can read here), I wrote about the primal instinct that prevents so many of us from pursuing what we really want in life. This is the instinct that causes our ‘fight or flight’ response to kick in when we experience fear – an instinct which was incredibly helpful in caveman days when our lives were genuinely at risk on a regular basis. Not so helpful however when we are attempting to do new things in our life that can create:
- Fear of failure; and
- Fear of change (the unknown).
The good news is we can train ourselves to overcome fear; and whilst there are many tried and tested approaches you can turn to, there is one technique that has helped me and many others to make big changes in my life more than anything else. Working through an incredibly simple exercise known as ‘fear setting’, an exercise created by serial life hacker Tim Ferriss, you can completely overcome the fear associated with making difficult decisions.
For anyone keen to learn more about ‘fear setting’ you can click through to a YouTube clip of the TED Talk which Tim gave on the subject here. The talk, which has now been viewed by over 7 million people will provide you with some invaluable insights into how to successfully apply ‘fear setting’ in your own life.
If you would like a copy of the same template used by the some of the world’s most successful people to overcome fear, please click here.
I recently shared this template with Liliana, one of our candidates who we assisted late in 2019 to successfully secure a Marketing role in Newcastle. Liliana was living in Sydney at the time and was experiencing all sorts of fear about making “the biggest change of my life”. After working through the exercise Liliana was able to see that for every potential bad thing that could happen, there was always a solution. The real catalyst came when Liliana could see that the benefits of taking action far exceeded the ‘costs’ of inaction.
If you’re ever feeling fear and in need of greater inspiration to take action, remember this quote from author and venture capitalist Randy Komisar: “The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
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