Fear lives in the anticipation

I have a strategy that has worked well for years. It goes something like this.

  1. Define a goal
  2. Anticipate all potential obstacles to that goal
  3. Plan for how to navigate all potential obstacles
  4. Execute plan
  5. If plan fails, return to step 2 and re-asses obstacles
  6. Iterate planning and execution cycle until goal is achieved

Not a bad approach, right? Yet today I am seeing this through the lense of fear in anticipation. This is a strategy driven by fearing what could go wrong. Each step constantly pushes my awareness out of the present moment and into an unknown and dangerous set of possible future failures.

How could you work toward a goal without summoning the fear that lives within anticipation?