THE UPSIDE OF FEAR
Many times, what keeps you from turning a big dream into reality is the fear of failure. It’s a crippling thing indeed, but you can turn it on its head and use it to your advantage. How? “Define your nightmare, the absolute worst that could happen if you did what you are considering,” writes entrepreneur and motivational speaker Tim Ferriss in his book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich*. “Envision them in painstaking detail,” he adds, then identify steps you can take to get things back under control, if it comes to that. “Chances are, it’s easier than you imagine.” According to Ferriss, you should also think about what delaying would cost you—financially, emotionally, and physically. “Don’t only evaluate the potential downside of action. It is equally important to measure the atrocious cost of inaction. If you don’t pursue those things that excite you, where will you be in one year, five years, and ten years? How will you feel having allowed circumstance to impose itself upon you and having allowed ten more years of your finite life to pass doing what you know will not fulfill you?” If you think you won’t be in a good place later on, let that motivate you to act on your dream now.