But What If I Fail?

FPaperWe all have limiting thoughts from time to time. As a matter of fact it is those fear-driven thinking patterns that in the end hold us back the most. The one that we ask ourselves the most that causes the most damage is probably,  “What if I fail?” or something like that.

What if I can’t make my business successful? What if you can’t? You will never have a successful business unless you take the risk to try to make one work. You might lose money, and you might lose a lot of time but unless you give it a go, you will never know. In the early days, most businesses appear to be failing anyway or at least struggling. You might as well try.

What if I’m not as smart as I think I am? None of us are as smart as we think we are and there is always more to learn. But on the other hand, we all have more innate intelligence than we tend to give ourselves credit for as well. Keep learning as much as you can and trust that you have the knowledge to do whatever it is you want to do in life.

What if my ideas are not any good?  Most ideas, even the bad ideas, all seem like good ideas in the beginning. Just like being smart, give yourself credit for having good ideas too. But even bad ideas are “good ideas” if you are thinking outside of the box and beyond what is considered “normal.”

What if I’m not supposed to succeed? I believe we are ALL meant to succeed it just comes down to are we willing to do the work and to take the risks required to meet that success. Remember too, that one persons measure of success is not the same as someone else.

What if my risks have no reward? Every risk has reward, even if in the end you learn that the risk was not worth it. You don’t know what you don’t know so you might as well take the risk with the understanding that you will at least learn something as a result. Just remember… no risk, no reward, so if you risk nothing, you gain nothing.

What if I embarrass myself in front of everyone? What if you do? Chances are that the people who are watching you are not just sitting there waiting for you to fail, especially if you are taking on greater challenges than most. If anything everyone is looking at you and probably envious of your courage.

What if I can’t? Can’t is a four letter word as far as I am concerned. What I learned a long time ago is that saying you “can’t” is really just saying that you don’t “want to” bad enough. Who tells you that you can’t more… you or those around you? Chances are it is your own internal dialogue that says “can’t” more than hearing it from your peers, family, etc.

Why not turn it all around and ask yourself different questions instead…

What if I don’t ever try? This is a good question to ask yourself. Not only should you be looking at the profit, the benefit, or the payoff from doing what you want to do or in taking risks, you should also be looking at the costs if you don’t take the risk. Looking at what it may cost you is a great way to get leverage on yourself to do something.

What if I succeed? I think most of us are actually afraid of success in the sense that we don’t know what to do if we achieve it. I had a dog once who chased cars constantly and what I used to always say to him was “what are you going to do with it when you catch one?” Never be afraid of success or in achieving what you set out to do. If you worry about anything, worry about what your next success will be after that one.

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