What If It Does Work Out?

0 comments Posted on October 25, 2012

by Valorie Burton

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.-RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Point to Ponder:

Trusting God means getting comfortable with not knowing all the answers.

Fear. It creeps up on us, often without a warning. It asks, “What if everything goes wrong?” “What if I fail?” “What if I never get what I want?” And disastrous answers to those questions can send us down a path of negative thinking that spirals out of control. Psychologists call it catastrophizing. Next time it happens, stop fear in its path with the opposite question: What if it does work out?

What if you succeed? What if you finally get what you want? What if things go right? Asking these questions can give you a sudden burst of energy. That energy is hope. It can feel like a small light in a dark place. What if your idea does manifest into all you have hoped? What if that relationship does work out? What if your persistence pays off in spite of your discouragement? What then? Then perhaps it will all have been worth it.

This is not to say you should never have a contingency plan. But you can’t live life by simply avoiding your fears. Living and working with passion means giving your all because you believe in the possibility of success. You hold more closely to your dreams and desires than your fears and doubts. So in this moment, I invite you to consider the challenge or possibility that causes you the most doubt or anxiety. You know the one—that situation that causes the persistent question, “What if it doesn’t work out the way I hope?” And then ask the opposite question: “What if it does work out the way I hope?”

Imagine your answer in-depth. Take a moment right now and imagine what it would look like for things to work out. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. What would it feel like? Really imagine yourself there. Imagine the people who are with you. Imagine what you are doing. Imagine how things are different from the way they are in this moment.

Now, move forward focused on the possibilities of your success. Allow your motivation to be a spirit of faith rather than a spirit of fear.

My Challenge to You
Choose optimism. Stop obsessing about what might go wrong and put your energy into what could go right.

Coach Yourself
Consider the thing in your life that you most want but are afraid you will not get. What if it does work out? What will that look like? What action can you take that will demonstrate you are operating in faith rather than fear?


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