Toby Sinclair

Fear Setting | A coaching exercise to help face your fears!

What is Fear Setting?

"I do an exercise called “fear-setting” at least once a quarter, often once a month. It is the most powerful exercise I do." 
Tim Ferris

It's a structured reflection exercise to help you make decisions when fear is holding you back and distorting your thinking.

It is a good alternative exercise to traditional goal setting.

Why use Fear Setting?

“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”
Stoic philosopher Seneca the Younger

This is a great exercise to use when faced with a decision you fear. The exercise can help you realise that the fears in your head are not as bad as reality.

How does it work?

Fear-Setting has three steps, each with a different purpose:

  1. Put your fears under a microscope
  2. Consider the potential benefits of taking action
  3. Consider the consequences of inaction

Fear Setting can be done as a self-reflection activity, part of a coaching conversation or works great as a team activity.

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My free coaching mentoring can help you practice this exercise and more:


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