What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

Yoga Vlad

by Vlad Dolezal on March 1, 2013

If you’re not familiar with yoga, you probably imagine it’s all people chanting “Oooommmmmmm” and doing headstands in a secluded monastery.

You’re not far off. Except for the secluded monastery part.

The headstand is actually a pretty simple position. It’s just a bit scary at first.

You start by getting your arms and head on the floor, then slowly walking your feet towards your head to get your upper body vertical, then start lifting your legs off the ground, and try getting into the final position.

If you overbalance forwards, there’s no problem. You land back on your feet, and try again. It’s overbalancing backwards that’s scary.

But as it turns out, it’s completely harmless too. As long as you have enough space behind you, and a reasonably soft surface (a yoga mat, or a grassy lawn), you just tuck your chin in, and roll harmlessly onto your back. It doesn’t even hurt.

In fact, when you first practice the position, it’s pretty helpful to try that a few times, just to realize that there’s nothing to be afraid of. Even the worst that could happen – overbalancing backwards – is completely harmless and you can handle it easier than a hungry dog handles bacon.

So why am I telling you all this? (Aside from encouraging you to try yoga, because it’s pretty neat.)

The same applies to facing other scary situations. Fear of the unknown is usually much stronger than fear of specific situations.

Next time you face a scary situation, ask yourself – “What’s the worst that could happen?”

Take the time to face your fears, and figure out what you would do if the worst happens. Chances are, it’s nowhere near as tragic as it feels when you leave it as a vague fear.

Like doing the headstand – overbalancing backwards feels like a horrible tragedy, with all sorts of gory images crossing your mind. But once you face the reality of the situation and realize that it simply means you tuck your chin in and roll harmlessly onto your back – it’s suddenly about as scary as a piece of paper with “Rawr!” written on it.

You can apply this to all sorts of situations. Asking a pretty girl out. Moving abroad. Trying to start your own business.

Once you know the worst (realistic) scenario, and make a plan for how you’ll handle it, you’ll realize it’s much less scary than you thought.

How about you? What scary situation are you currently about to face if you take action? What’s the worst that could happen, and how will you handle it?

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yaga March 1, 2013 at 13:28

Yay, you did it! Congrats!! Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity. 😉
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