Are you setting yourself up for failure before even trying for success?
Think about it. How many times have you said, “Okay. I’ll try… but I don’t think it’s going to work.” You give it a skeptical shot. When your attempt doesn’t produce miraculous results, you throw up your hands and say, “See? I told you it wouldn’t work!”
Even worse? Think of all the times you haven’t even given something a chance. You assumed negative results and turned your back.
Why We Don’t Take Chances
Putting 100% faith in something we don’t believe in is hard – believe me, I know. Most people aren’t willing to risk failure, embarrassment or loss on the chance that success, pride and gain might occur.
Funny, that. We want the good stuff, but we aren’t willing to take risks to achieve goals. We avoid potential success because potential failure is worse.
So we protect ourselves with skepticism. We take no action because action is risky. We don’t put ourselves forward because where we are is okay. We don’t take chances because we can’t control the outcome. We won’t have faith because misplaced trust can be painful.
We don’t want to get hurt.
Why This Matters to Your Business
If you don’t take chances, you’re stunting your own growth. You won’t learn a new skill. You won’t get that website up and running. You won’t go out and tell people how great you are.
You won’t earn more clients or more money. You’ll never expand your services or shake off that “little ol’ me” mindset. You’ll have trouble branding yourself and marketing your business.
Without risk, without taking a step into the unknown, you can never achieve better than what you have right now.
I have a thought for you. Do you believe that you will meet (or exceed) client expectations? Most likely. You tell clients to have 100% faith in you. You know your job. You won’t let them down.
You ask them to believe in you – and you don’t even believe in yourself.
What if you took a deep breath and said, “Okay, I’ll try.” What if you really – and I mean really – threw yourself out there, wholeheartedly embracing possibility with open arms?
I bet some of you are snorting mentally already. I bet some of you are saying, “Yeah, right, James. Do that, and when it fails I’ll fall twice as hard. Nuh-uh.” Fear of getting hurt is a powerful motivator to do nothing. Stagnation is comfortable, like a warm puddle of mud that you sit in forever.
Maybe the mud is better. Maybe you will fail. Maybe you’ll get really hurt. Maybe you’ll be extremely disappointed. You might even end up worse off than you are now. Do you think that’s forever? Do you think you can’t learn something new from that?
And what if? What if you aren’t worse off? What if you actually accomplish something great? What if your situation improves?
What if you exceed your own expectations?