Capping the Downside

We leap.  We try something new.  We step out of our comfort zone to make it happen.

And immediately we start to doubt ourselves.  We go to the worst case.  We start to think it’s all over.

But rather than let your mind run wild thinking the world is over, cap the downside.

Think about the actual worst case.  Think hard about the real consequences that may result because of your actions.

When we take the time to be really honest with ourselves and be specific, we realize we can tend to let our mind run wild.

We think by screwing up the project at work that we will be fired, we will lose our house, and our spouse will leave us.

But it’s never that real.  It’s never that bad.  It just feels that way.

In reality, the worst that would actually happen is we get scolded by our boss, maybe lose a tad bit of respect, and we wouldn’t be given the same leeway on future projects.

And that’s worst case.  Doesn’t seem quite as end of the world does it?  Sure it’s not a favorable outcome for us – but that scenario we went through isn’t likely to happen – it’s the worst that could happen.  It’s only up from there.

By capping the downside and being specific about the worst case, we can be realistic about what may actually happen and prevent it from paralyzing us.

And instead we can get to back to focusing on what it will take the make the project succeed.

Because what’s the worst that could happen?




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