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Knocking On Wood: What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

When you do a cost-benefits analysis, it doesn’t take that much more effort to think up worst-case scenarios, right? You’re planning for success, you might as well plan for failure — in the sense that you try your best to keep it from happening, that is. “Failing to plan is planning to fail,” after all.

It’s A Mind Game
When you think of the worst that can happen, you also have to remember that the worst-case scenarios are all in your head. It’s your knowledge and your imagination that comes up with all these awful, oh-hell-no mini-commercials playing in your mental movie-theater-for-one.

  • Your experience – This is the stuff that: you know, you have done, you have learned and you have absorbed.
  • Your inexperience – This is the stuff you know you don’t know, etc.
  • Your ignorance – This is the stuff you don’t know you don’t know but you can find out. Whether you find it out the hard way or the easy way, it depends on you.

A quick solution is to exploit the first, address the second and counter the third with your ability and willingness to ask for help.


Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto , and John Wayne’s solitary heroism is the stuff of movie reality, which isn’t real life at all. To go even deeper,the hidden fear of failure or fear of success acts as fuel for even darker imaginings, which can then paralyze you into inaction. What follows are a few ways to deal with that. Continue reading Knocking On Wood: What’s The Worst That Can Happen?