Two Tiny, Mighty Words

“Look before you leap.”
“Think before you speak.”
“Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
Any of these sound familiar?

Most of us were raised with these and similar warning messages—offered up in varying degrees of consternation—meant to help us grow up to be rational, level-headed, thoughtful people of responsible behavior.
Sometimes though, even being careful can go too far.

Have you looked around lately? I mean, really looked around?
The majority of the people I see are living lives frozen in fear.
Despite the obvious fact that we live in one of the safest, wealthiest, opportunity-infused, freedom-valuing nations on the planet, so many people are walking around in silent horror for what really equates to “no good reason, whatsoever.”

Fear of the unknown. That’s what it boils down to.
I call it WIS—and no, there’s no “e” on the end of that.
WIS stands for “What If Syndrome,” and it cripples an unknown number of would-be adventurers, business owners, artists, even lovers.
What if…
Those two little words have such power over any statement they precede.
What if it doesn’t work?
What if he doesn’t call?
What if I don’t get the job?
What if I lose my job?

Perhaps we take ourselves too seriously.
Maybe we’ve truly had it too good for too long (relatively speaking) and it’s skewed our judgement of what real danger and risk even are.

Whatever the reason, “What if” can be a cruel action-killer once it’s sunk its teeth into your psyche.
However, a simple shift in its application can turn fear on its ear, and put a person on a very different train of thought, if they are brave enough to follow it.
WHAT IF… instead of wondering What if it doesn’t work? a person turned that into What if this works? and let that thought lead the way?

WHAT IF… instead of wondering What if I lose my job? (as though that were on par with being doomed for the gallows at dawn) a fellow turned that into So what if I lose my job? and allowed himself to explore the deeper reasons behind what brought him to that crossroad to begin with?

I realize there’s nothing too profound in this suggestion. I offer it only as a reminder.
If  “What if” stirs feelings of fear that freezes you in your tracks, and keeps you locked in a status quo of woe, I encourage you to turn those two mighty little words around so that they can work for you, not against you.

On that note, I’d like to pose this:

WHAT IF… you did something totally HaReBRaiNeD this week?

See ya on the next page…