You could very easily be limiting your outcomes!
Recently I had a conversation with a potential cruiser who, when we described our lifestyle, and our travel plans, asked me a series of “what if” questions. The conversation went something like this:
- What if you don’t like it?
- What if you get sick?
- What if, what if, what if…
I felt that each of the questions being asked were based on fear, and responded as such, explaining that we were not interested in limiting our life based on negative outcomes that only had a slight possibility of occurring. The conversation ultimately got me thinking about the power of those two little words though.
In fact, what if instead of focussing on all of the bad things that might occur, we chose to instead focus on all of the wonderful outcomes that are far more likely?
- What if, by taking XYZ action, you were able to make a lot of wonderful new friends?
- What if you became healthier, and were able to use more of your body’s innate resources?
- What if you created lifelong, positive memories, giving you countless stories that you could share with those you love?
The list could go on and on, couldn’t it?
Rebecca and I, through no real conscious effort, almost always focus on the positive “what if” questions. Will that prevent us from having problems? Of course not, but continually asking fear-based questions that limit what we attempt won’t stop that from occurring either.
Choose carefully the type of what if questions you’re asking yourself. Without realizing it, you could very easily be limiting your outcomes.