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‘Fear Hacking’ Is the New Positive Thinking

Fear hacking

Fear hacking

Fear hacking implies picturing the worst-case scenario and making sure, through action, that you are able to manage any difficult situation that can arise.

The first step after having imagined this scenario, is to create a plan to fight it if this should come true.

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Fear hacking

Fear hacking implies picturing the worst-case scenario and making sure, through action, that you are able to manage any difficult situation that can arise.

The first step after having imagined this scenario, is to create a plan to fight it if this should come true.

Embrace your fears

Whenever you feel afraid of the possible outcome of your actions, just go ahead imagining what could go wrong.

Next, plan what exactly you would you if things were to not work well. Finally, you will be surprised to see that nothing is really that hard as long as you are well prepared both mentally and physically.

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Establish what you can control

Recognize that in most situations, all you can control is your effort and your attitude. 

When you put your energy into the things you can control, you'll be much more effective.

Your influence

You can influence people and circumstances, but you can't force things to go your way:

  • To have the most influence, focus on changing your behavior. Be a good role model and set healthy boundaries for yourself.
  • When you have concerns about someone else's choices, share your opinion, but only share it once. Don't try to fix people who don't want to be fixed.

Identify your fears

Think about what you could do when failure happens.

Usually, the worst-case scenario isn't as tragic as you might envision. Acknowledging that you can handle the worst-case scenario can help you put your energy into more productive exercises.

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Your lack of courage may cost you

Our brains are wired to:

  • Discount the cost of inaction, 
  • Overestimate the probability of things going wrong and 
  • Underestimate ourselves.

Three big obstacles

... that help people  get unstuck when building their bravery:

  1. Appreciating why stepping outside their comfort zone is so important to begin with (i.e. No clear or compelling why).
  2. Setting the intention to consciously and consistently practice acts of courage.
  3. Knowing which acts of courage to start with – after all, being brave isn’t always predictable or straight forward.

Bravery habits

  • Speaking Up: Every act of courage is about laying something you value on the line for something you value even more. Speaking bravely takes no less.
  • Making Big Requests: If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.
  • Confronting Long Held Fears: Most people suffer more from their imagination than they ever do from reality.

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Mastering ‘internal triggers'

To master time, master your ‘internal triggers.’

Try to understand the uncomfortable sensations you're trying to escape when you reach for your cell phone or email account, then learn ...

Tracking input

Many people use to-do lists without considering the amount of time it takes to complete a task

Practice  "timeboxing" your schedule: assigning a maximum amount of time for an activity. It can help give context and limits to ambiguous tasks.

Remove external triggers

A simple way to accomplish this is to manage the notification settings on your smartphone. 

Try turning off personal email notifications. Unless social media is part of your job, consider turning off notifications from apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter during work hours. Designate a specific time during your day to check personal communications.

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