Question 6 (Results:Table to view other answers, View to enter your own)

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Questions 4 and 5 are about worst possible outcomes. Worst possible outcomes are feared future outcomes, often based on past experience, with a presently experienced emotion and physical reaction. When people believe them, they affect their perceptions, beliefs, values and strategies. They tend to be self-fulfilling prophecies when strongly held.

It's important to honor the negative and positive thinking when addressing change, to acknowledge that both worst and best outcomes are present and inherent in each moment, up to, and often after the event. This balanced view allows the movement toward desired outcomes. So, our perceived outcomes are just that, perceptions or possibilities, not fact! Either worst or best outcomes are possible! The future hasn't been happened yet, and we are potentially forming that future through our efforts in this exercise.

The first worst possible outcome (question 4) is the reasons people are not willing to act. These are the reasons we tell ourselves that it's futile.

The second question (question 5) is the possible consequences if we fail to act.

With Question 6 we are listing the best possible outcomes of the situation. It is normal for people imagining the worst possible outcomes to be adrenalized, fearful, and depressed. It is important to express and acknowledge these fears, because they are possible outcomes of the situation, and it is critically important to acknowledge our survival instincts, the "reptilian" portion of the brain according to some. After acknowledging these possibilities, it becomes possible to focus wholeheartedly on our best outcomes.

See the session cover page for the ground rules, time frames, and insights into the process.