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So everyone has family drama or situations that can come up from time to time that can be really scary especially when it feels like the worst-case scenario of said situation is likely to happen.
A project manager friend of mine and I were sharing concerning family situations one day at lunch and our conversation naturally moved to the worst-case scenario and if that happened, what would we do about it?
For me, being proactive and having knowledge is power so this led me to come up with a list of questions that I could work through when these situations come up. I went ahead and put it in the form of a planner layout.
I am putting this information out there for anyone who might want to proactively work through these questions for any situations that are causing a bit of anxiety.
This Worst Case Scenario worksheet includes the following questions:
The Situation (the facts)
- Describe the facts of the situation as objectively as possible with no emotions or fears
Worries & Fears
- This is the place to describe all of the emotions, worries and fears you are experiencing.
Worst Case Scenario
- Describe the worst-case scenario in your mind…What would happen? What does that look like? How would it impact you?
- Next, realistically identify how likely it is that the worst-case scenario would happen on a scale of 1 – 10. (1 = not likely at all; 10 = Almost certain to happen)
Best Case Scenario
- Describe the best outcome of the situation in question. Think outside of the box. Include miracles if you want to!
- Next, realistically identify how likely it is that the best-case scenario would happen on a scale of 1 – 10. (1 = not likely at all; 10 = Almost certain to happen)
Imagine the Most Likely Scenario
- Usually, the outcome of these scary situations is in between the worst case and the best case. Describe what you think the “middle of the road”, most likely scenario might be for the situation.
Additional Information Needed
- Describe any knowledge gaps you have about the situation that would be helpful to know and would potentially relieve any fears around the situation. Even include those things are you are unlikely to ever know.