Worst Case/Best Case

(15 minutes)

If you find yourself worrying about the future, and feeling reluctant to take any action because the worst case scenario is daunting, try this Worst Case/Best Case exercise:1

Worst Case Scenario

Paint a very dark picture about the worst possible outcome. Describe it in detail, exaggerate and elaborate! Then, assign a percentage point for how likely this is going to be the outcome.

Best Case Scenario

Paint a very optimistic picture about the best possible outcome. Describe it in detail, exaggerate and elaborate! Then, assign a percentage point for how likely this is going to be the outcome.

Assign Percentages

Given the low likelihood of either the worst and best possible outcomes coming to be, consider the most likely outcome and assign a percentage point for how likely this is going to be the outcome.

Worst Case Scenario

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Most Likely Scenario

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Best Case Scenario

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Reflection

Explore the most likely, according to your filled out exercise above, what could next steps or an action plan look like?

1 Reivich, K  & Shatte, A (2003). The resilience factor: 7 keys to finding your inner strength and overcoming life's hurdles. Broadway Books. New York.