How Fear-Setting Brings Accountability To Goal-Setting


Like clockwork, most people set them at the beginning of every year. We’ve mastered the art of making them SMART and yet REVISITING the GOALS we once set isn’t the most joyous task to look forward to once the year is in full swing. 

Fear setting may sound like a new concept but it’s not. It’s all about taking our fears, anxieties and what we may regard as our worst nightmares and putting them to good use so that they work on our behalf instead of against us.

In this practical TED Talk, entrepreneur Tim Ferris takes us through his fear-setting process and shares three critical questions that each of us should consider asking ourselves, that would incentivize us to take small steps towards getting things done instead of spending valuable time avoiding, postponing or procrastinating.


In Ferriss’ words, Fear Setting is “An operating system for thriving in high stress environments. It’s a way to visualize all the bad things that could happen to you, so you become less afraid of taking action.”

Ferriss wraps up this Ted Talk with a story of Jerzy Gregorek, whom he considers to be one of the top 10 most successful and happiest people he has ever met. Jerzy shared the following life philosophy that made a profound impact on Ferriss:

Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.
— Jerzy Gregorek