Confront the unknown with this fear setting template

Face your fears head-on. Use FigJam’s fear-setting worksheet to gain insight into the true risks and rewards that come with any undertaking.

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Fear setting template

Collaborate with your entire team on a fear-conquering exercise that will revolutionize the way you do business.

Include fear as you figure things out

Dispel dark thoughts with FigJam’s fear setting worksheet. Discover hidden strengths, create contingency plans, and reveal the true probability of success (here’s a hint: it’s higher than you think).

See clearly: Reflect on past thought patterns to understand when your thinking is being (or has been) distorted by fear.

Dissect fear: Break down fears into digestible, understandable core components, so you can know just how manageable they are.

Find strength: Recognize your own ability to deal with challenges and overcome outsized worries.

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Define and conquer

Gather your team members on FigJam’s fear setting template to strategize your way through even the scariest situation. With intuitive design tools and integrated widgets, FigJam templates are built to help you communicate more efficiently, even when you’re shaking in your boots.

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The Tim Ferriss fear setting worksheet includes three major steps, broken up into three distinct pages:

- The first page is a three-column fear definition exercise, which also has three steps to it. In the first column, you’ll list fears. The second column is for tactics to address or lessen those fears. The third column is a space to strategize about what you’ll do if the listed fears come to pass.

- The second page prompts you to list the benefits you might gain by directly confronting the fears.

- The third page offers an opportunity to examine the cost of inaction, with three columns representing the possible situation in the near future, a year from now, and in the distant future.

What’s the best way to list your fears? The answer is simple: let yourself dive in deep and put it all out there. You’ll feel better after (we all but guarantee it).

Imagining the worst-case scenario is disturbing, to say the least. Most of us expend a good deal of effort avoiding thinking deeply about our fears. That’s where the value of this exercise lies—it forces us to think about the things we prefer to avoid.

It can be helpful to complete this powerful exercise with trusted friends or team members. You can lean on each other for support as you confront your fears, making this a team-building and strategizing two-for-one deal.

While a goal summary is an important document, you might want to consider completing a fear-setting worksheet first. Gaining insight into your fears or anxiety educates you about your goals while simultaneously revealing the likeliest stumbling blocks along the way.

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