This is a question I get asked a lot as a coach: what if I fail?
This question prevents so many talented, smart, badass women from making their next move. It pains me to think about all of the incredible products that won’t be created, the programs that won’t be offered, and the lives that won’t be changed simply because there is a possibility of failure.
There was a very real possibility of failure when I turned down three different good paying legal jobs to start my own law practice back in 2010. My law school classmates, the judge I had clerked for plus the courthouse staff, and my friends and family were watching. If I failed, I’d be embarrassing myself in front of damn near everyone I knew.
But there was something that scared me more than embarrassing myself, which highlights a much better question to ask when embarking on a new, exciting and scary journey: what if it works?
What if this new business does replace my $41,000 per year law clerk salary?
What if I am able to work from home in pajamas or work from a chateau in France, whichever I choose?
What if I am able to do work I love for the kinds of people I love?
What if it’s fun and exciting and everything I hoped it would be?
What if … ?
What if your $60,000 business is actually a million dollar business?
What if that $100,000 salary you’ve been craving gives way to $100,000 months?
What if you run retreats around the world helping incredible people and doing exactly what you were put on this Earth to do?
What if the business/mastermind/digital product/community you create is THE THING that helps hundreds and maybe even thousands of people accomplish their own hopes and dreams?
Are you okay with never knowing? Are you okay with never finding out whether this thing that is constantly on your mind could actually work? Does the fear of failure scare you more than never knowing if your big dream or project could be everything you hope and dream it could be (and even more than that)?
What if … ?
What if you asked a better question? Instead of asking “what if I fail?” Wake up every day and ask yourself “what if it works?” Then get to work on your dream. Because …
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
I am living proof that it’s true.