“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
A new friend of mine posted this question on her facebook page the other day and to say it was thought-provoking and inspiring is the understatement of the year.
Normally when I think of my future I think of the realistic things, the things I know I could do, the things that I know are in my reach. But after reading that question, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” it seemed to somehow open up all of these wants and desires for myself that I didn’t even know existed! It opened my mind to things that I would normally respond, “Oh but you’re not good enough for that” or “You?! Ha! Who do you think you are?!?” Suddenly, when answering this question, my future seemed full of never-ending possibilities. It made me realise how much the fear of failure limits what we even allow ourselves to dream.
It makes me realise that the only thing holding me back from achieving “the impossible” is the fact that I call it “the impossible”. Why do I cross these things out of my future, telling myself that I’m not good enough and that it just will never happen for me?
I met a guy the other day, I asked him what his dream job was. He told me that he wanted to be a cinematographer. I then asked him what he was doing to make it happen. He looked at me blankly and replied that the high competition makes it impossible, and that he’s looking for a job in something completely different and much more “attainable”. I wonder if his dream job is actually “impossible” only because he believes it’s impossible. As I told him, you have more of a chance at your dream job by going for it than by calling it “out of the question” and not even attempting to achieve it.
Little did I know, I should have been telling myself the same thing. I didn’t even recognise my dreams because they were “too intimidating” and “too impossible” to even exist in my mind. I called them “out of the question” and didn’t even attempt at making them a reality. But I’m beginning to realise that I deserve way more respect and credit than I give myself.
So I have created this blog post in celebration of my new life motto:
“Live your life as if it’s impossible to fail”
I have removed failure from my mind and instead I’m choosing to focus on how possible something is as opposed to how impossible something is.
I love myself more today than I ever have in my whole life by simply removing the possibility of failure and thinking that I CAN do whatever I want. It’s created a feeling of freedom that I love and appreciate.
(Self Portrait taken yesterday)