“But what if I fail?” You will. The answer to the what if question is, you will. A better question might be, “after I fail, what then?” Well, if you’ve chosen well, after you fail you will be one step closer to succeeding, you will be wiser and stronger and you almost certainly will be more respected by all of those that are afraid to try.”

Seth Godin

How do you view what if statements? It’s dependent in my viewpoint. It depends on what follows the What If. Does the word “fail” follow the “What If”? Then what? If you fail, you will grow. And if you grow, you will get better. And if you get better, you will achieve your worthy goal in time.

What if you use your “what if” statements in a more positive light as well?

“What if I try this (insert new idea that is counter to your traditional ways)? I wonder what would happen”

This type of questioning breeds the scientific method. Hypothesize and then experiment. It is this type of thinking and action employed by leaders in every major field. There are no cut and dry answers. People with an idea take a shot. They employ the “What If” questions in their favor. They don’t use the “what if” as a negative or as a way to shut themselves down. They use it to break down barriers and force discomfort, eventually leading to new experiences and growth.

“All to often, on the long road up, young leaders become servants of what is rather than shapers of what might be.”
John Gardner

If the status quo is one way but your gut is sending the signals of “what if” it’s your responsibility to move in that particular direction. Using Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power, make the correct move at the appropriate time. It is not always advantageous to be aggressive. Study the laws of power. Go here for the laws of power in a clickable breakdown.


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