This is the question I ask myself almost daily.
It gets me through some tough decision making and it helps me to put myself out there on a regular basis.
Here’s the thing…I have an amazing amount of great ideas. And they usually involve me in some very public position of either speaking or leading. I also suffer from anxiety and an inner bitch voice telling me I’m not good enough to do this or that.
But I made a decision long ago that I wasn’t going to listen to that voice nor would I keep myself small. That means, going forward with these ideas and putting them out there.
That’s when ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen?’ comes in. Let’s put it into practice with this example.
Here’s my inner creative voice talking…..’Fawn, you should start a woman’s run club in your neighborhood that meets weekly for a 30 min run and then have coffee/tea with them. This way, you’ll get exercise and meet new friends.’ (I recently moved from Bowen Island to North Vancouver and want to meet new friends here.)
Me, ‘Yeah, that sounds like a really great idea! I should do that! I could meet so many women and work out and get to know the neighbourhood! It’d be awesome.’
Inner Bitch…’Seriously? Who would join that? Probably no one. You’ll look so stupid and no one will join and no one will like you. Besides, you’re no runner.’
So that conversation cycles over and over in my head for about an hour. LOL.
What I have learned to do through lots of practice, is to ask myself when I do come up with an awesome idea, ‘what is the worst thing that could happen?’
For the above scenario, the worst thing that could happen would be no one signs up. Big deal. Does that mean anything about me? No. All it means is that sometimes things take time to blossom. It doesn’t in any way say anything negative about me. I can take that situation and learn from it. Maybe I need to spice up my marketing. Maybe I need to have more patience. Maybe I need to look at the timing and the day and choose another one. None of it is a big deal in the big picture.
Very rarely is the answer to ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen’ certain death. Trust me, if that was the answer to the question, there is no way in hell I would do it.
I invite you to ask yourself that question the next time you want to put yourself out there but your inner voice stops you.
‘What is the worst thing that could happen?’
Usually, the answer is not that big of a deal.