There a lot of life questions we tend to ask ourselves on a daily basis. One of the questions that has presented itself before me at this very ripe time in my life is none other than: “What If?”
I’m sure we all have quite a few ‘what ifs’ in our lives. As a matter of fact, I’m sure you started thinking about the ‘what ifs’ of your life as soon as you saw the question. Fact of the matter is, everyone has a ‘what if’, but there are only some of us that can say that we actually searched for the answer.
But what prevents the rest of us from finding our answer? Seeing as I’m not a psychologist and I can’t offer up any real scientific explanation, I can only speculate based on my own personal experiences.
The simple fact that the fear of failure is so much stronger than any hope or confidence we’ve managed to build up within ourselves. What’s crazy about this is that this perceived failure hasn’t even happened yet (not saying it will happen or anything), but we’re so afraid of experiencing this nonexistent failure that we willingly put our life’s goals, dreams and aspirations on hold.
There is a strong fear of the unknown. For all we know, the unknown could be winning a billion dollar lottery ticket or becoming the manager at your job or finding out your crush likes you back. When you have the confidence and determination to do something, ‘what if’ should never stop you.
We’ve been equipped with everything we could ever possibly need to take those ‘what ifs’, throw them in a blender, put some mangoes and orange juice in there and drink it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe my metaphor was a little too strong but you get what I mean.
Don’t live your life on the principle of ‘what if.’ Take that chance. Failure only happens when you don’t try.