Have you ever been good at something, but you didn’t want to let that light shine? I get stuck in that territory all the time. It’s been drilled into our heads for so long, that we should be humble. And somehow, humility has been translated as “pretending you’re really not any good at something, even if you’re amazing.” Somehow we’ve embraced the idea that if you know you’re good at something, you’re just being cocky.
This makes things really hard on us, when we get ready to create new business, or launch a new product. All the what-ifs run through our head…what if no one likes it? What if I’m really not as good at this as I think I am? What if they didn’t really mean it when they said I was good at it? What if I put all of myself out there, and I just get hurt?
The problem is, this train of thought hurts more than it helps. Start thinking about all the amazing things out there, and ask yourself “what if this had never happened?” What if chocolate had never been invented? (perish the thought!) What if architecture never progressed beyond thatched roofs? What if medicine was still stuck in the Dark Ages?
It’s not that people who do great things do it because someone said they were amazing. Van Gogh was so unappreciated in his time, that he suffered immense depression…it got so bad that he committed suicide at the age of 37. Anne Frank never set out to be famous. She simply wrote. The painters & composers that we love so much now, simply did what was in them to do. They didn’t consult friends & family to see if it would be a winning idea. There was a passion in them that could not be stopped.
You might not be the next Mozart. You might not be the next Shakespeare. But you have something special in you, that only you can give! When you let the what-ifs drag you down, the world around you misses out on something amazing. Maybe you make cards, and one of those cards will cheer someone up on the worst day of their life. Maybe you’ll write an inspirational article that will bring light on a worthy cause. You may not change the whole world, but you can change your world. (Click to tweet that!)
I leave you with this quote. Apologies..it has minor language, but I felt it was worth it. “When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.” – Cynthia Heimel
I love hearing from you! Leave me a comment, and let me know: What have the what ifs been keeping you from achieving? How do you plan stop them for good?
“What If?” Photo credit: Marco Bellucci / Foter.com / CC BY
“Starry Night” Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn / Foter.com / CC BY