Crafting our soul prospering life requires that we step out of our comfort zone–do things differently than what we’re accustomed to as well as try new things, meet new people, and go new places. This can–and often does–create anxiety and fear.
Yesterday I shared several quotes that I thought were particularly good at encouraging a different view on what’s causing the anxiety. It occurred to me this morning that at the root of the anxieties and fears–and what the quotes I selected were addressing–is the question “what if”.
Usually, the ‘what ifs’ take the form of:
What if I fail;
What if I lose money;
What if no one talks to me;
What if no one likes me;
What if I lose my job;
What if I can’t pay my bills….
How about for just this week we think about the positive side of ‘what ifs’ such as:
What if I succeed;
What if I make money;
What if people enjoy talking to me;
What if people want to be with me;
What if I get a better job, whether I’m promoted or move to a better company;
What if I can pay all my bills in full and on time and still have money left over….
In thinking through these positive ‘what ifs’ we’ll discover the true sticking points–the reasons why we haven’t already done the thing we’re negatively ‘what if-ing’ about.
We may be surprised by what we discover in doing this exercise. We may be able to resolve an issue and then move forward and craft just a little bit more of our soul-prospering life!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,