Friday December 21, 2018 0 comments
By Ariana Friedlander
I was recently listening to a Podcast where Tim Ferris shared on Stoic practice he has used to help him manage mental illness called Fearcasting. In it he describes a fantastic journaling technique…you may be wondering, why would I want to practice Fearcasting?
We talk in our society a lot about being fearless and admire people that appear that way. That coupled with the hype about staying positive and being optimistic makes it easy to suppress your fears.
But I have found that pretending you’re not afraid only amplifies the grip that fear has on our choices and actions. We like to think we’re being rational when we make certain decisions – Now’s not a good time for me to start a business because… If I don’t do this I’ll fail…I’m not good enough…I need to get more experience before…I can’t go on vacation until…
Unfortunately, these kinds of “rational” thoughts are usually informed by fear and actually the work of our inner critic sabotaging from within. Such limiting thoughts hold us back from taking steps to improve our lives and livelihood.
Indeed, fear is present whether we like it or not. Which is why I like Elizabeth Gilbert’s approach to acknowledge fear’s presence in the journey but not let it “drive the car.”
So as you reflect on 2018 and set your intentions for the new year, perhaps chief among them should be that 2019 is the year you face your fears! Seriously, what’s the worst thing that could happen?
Check out these Journaling Prompts for facing your fears adapted from Tim Ferriss’ activity fearcasting:
- What am I afraid of happening?
- What can I do to prevent that from happening?
- What could I do to repair the damage if that happens?
- What may be the benefits of succeeding even a little?
- What is the cost of inaction?