This afternoon, an old friend I didn’t meet for years texted me asking for advice about a work situation he was facing.
I led him through “the worst case scenario” questions I use to make my own choices on a daily basis.
I read about this “trick” for the first time 5 years ago, and consistently applied it whenever I was facing a challenging choice since then.
It became so natural to me that I sometimes forget that a lot of people never heard of it.
Here is the conversation:
Often we are stuck to make a decision because we are afraid of what would happen if we fail.
I get it, it’s natural.
But what often happen is that we just stick to the initial fear without digging further and asking ourselves the right questions.
Here are some of the ones I ask to myself on a daily basis:
- Let’s say my project fail miserably, what exactly would happen?
- Would I be able to recover from it?
- How? What would I specifically do?
- How likely am I to be successful? to fail?
- How great would a success feel out of 10?
- How does the current situation feel out of 10?
- How bad would a failure feel out of 10?
By rationalising and specifically addressing the fears, we manage to put them into perspective and realise how much of a risk we are actually taking.