December 17, 2015

Thursday Thought

Like most people, I have fears. I don't like having fears and I try to face most of my fears head on.

I recently stumbled across an article that added a little clarity to my life. In the article Amy Morin wrote, "A lack of knowledge about how to calculate risk leads to increased fear."

She then gave a list of questions to ask yourself before taking said risk. The questions are as follows:

What are the potential costs?
What are the potential benefits?
How will this help me achieve my goal?
What are the alternatives?
How good would it be if the best-case scenario came true?
What is the worst thing that could happen, and how could I reduce the risk it will occur?
How bad would it be if the worst-case scenario did come true?
How much will this decision matter in five years?

I recently tried asking myself the questions above when faced with a tough decision. And you know what? They actually helped!

How do you face your fears? How do you make tough decisions?