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A Dose of Negativity as a Strategy

“Fear-setting” is the counter-intuitive but useful practice of articulating all the things that could go wrong.  Counter-intuitive because it sounds inherently negative.  Useful because deciding upfront that you could live with the worst realistic scenario removes a huge barrier to success.  At the very least it makes failure less scary.

Stoics over the ages have set aside days (or longer) during which they lived under the most minimalist conditions, all the while asking, “is this the condition I so feared?”

“Named your fear must be, before banish it you can” – Yoda

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