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Goals can be classified as approach goals or avoidance goals based on whether you are motivated by wanting to achieve a positive outcome or avoid an adverse one.
Psychologists have found that creating approach goals, or positively reframing avoidance goals, is beneficial for well-being.
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Author and investor Tim Ferriss recommends “fear-setting,” creating a checklist of what you are afraid to do and what you fear will happen if you do it.
By framing a situation you’re dreading differently before you attempt it, you may be able to avoid some stress and anxiety.
The possibility of failure is always daunting, but with the right preparation and approach, you can push on and succeed.
The chips aren’t always going to fall where you want them to — but if you understand that reality going in, you can be prepared to wring the most value out of the experience, no matter the outcome.
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