What’s the worst thing that can happen?

One of the roadblocks to taking a risk toward some meaningful goal is the ever abiding sense that something awful will happen. This cloud of doom creates discomfort, and at times immobilizes even the first step toward something that we desire. I have found it helpful to specify in concrete behavioral terms ‘What is the worst thing that may happen if I start down this path?” Dealing with the concrete possibilities rather than the vague cloud of doom often allows me to move forward. You are not forced to take any step toward your dreams, but the vague and the terrifying are often not so bad when you identify the price tag of any new venture.

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