Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Just like most things in life, the phrase "what if" can positively or negatively affect your life depending on how you choose to use it.
We are often too quick to use "what if" to pull us away from actions we are afraid to take. Thinking to yourself "what if I fail?" or "what if I'm making the wrong decision?" is instilling the fear of failure into your head. Always remember that you will automatically fail at anything you do not take a shot at, and that most times, you will not know if a decision is right or wrong for you until you make it.
There are always two possibilities to any action:
1. The possibility of failure
2. The possibility of success
YOU must decide which possibility you're going to focus on and spend time entertaining. We tend to forget that the possibility of success is just as plausible as failure is, and that we are the only ones able to decide which will take precedence over the other.
If you go into an action focusing on "what if I fail?" you are automatically placing more mental energy on how the situation can go wrong instead of pushing yourself to think of ways the situation can work in your favor. This is similar to the glass half full or half empty concept in how switching your focus to a more positive outcome can increase the likelihood that it will work out.
Analyze the two possibilities in respect to your personal finances and how the possibility of failure can scare you into financial stagnation. Do not let the fear of failure stop you from investing in stocks, buying a home, or even starting your own business. You have the power to do anything you put your mind to, so start asking yourself "what if I succeed?"
The wealth you deserve is on the other side of a positive"what if"
Take your fear and turn it into faith!
I promise, you will begin to have more confidence in yourself to be able to change your financial behavior, status, and future, if you focus more on the possibility of success. No one ever got rich off of focusing on their potential failures, or from letting previous failure stop them from attempting similar actions. You must take charge over your finances and change your perspective when attempting new things. Switching from a negative to a positive "what if" will affect your actions going forward, and affect the outcome you receive.
If you are about to make a change in your life/finances, write down all of the negative "what if's" you've thought about, then cross them out and replace those thoughts with the opposite, positive "what if." This will show you how both outcomes are equally possible, and how easy it is to change your perspective and ultimately change your life.
The power of "what if" is in your hands, what will you do with it?