If you’ve been hanging around the internet with entrepreneurs at all lately, you’ve probably hear Marie Forleo‘s name a time or two. Maybe just in passing, more likely in exuberant praise.
Because, let’s face it, Marie totally rocks.
One of my sources of inspiration lately has been MarieTV. I literally sit down with pen and paper to watch the episodes and take notes. If I’m really feeling like over achieving I’ll spend time reflecting on and discussing the episode with my friend Asharae over FaceTime. (Three cheers for collaboration!)
In a recent episode Marie was discussing how to make a decision- how to decide to take a risk and pursue a dream.
She challenged us to ask ourselves the question: What’s the Worst that Could Happen?
It was at a time where I was still deciding if I was truly going to quit my day job and pursue my day dream. And so I asked myself, “If I do this, what’s the worst that could happen?”
The answer was: I could fail.
Hmmm… I could fail. Well, that doesn’t sound too bad does it?
But let’s take this one step further here: I could fail AND I could look stupid in doing so.
And that, my friends, is where I got hung up. Failing, is one thing. Publicly failing just seems so much worse.
So worse, in fact, that I thought- maybe I shouldn’t do this after all!
Going out on a limb and pursuing your passions is risky business, I tell ya!
Lucky for me, I have a good background of grounding myself in truth. Truth that I have to actively remind myself of at times- the truth that even if I fail, I am not a failure.
Even if I fail, I am not a failure. (Take a second to repeat that one to yourself maybe 5 or 6 times.)
This idea was recently reinforced to me while reading Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly.
As a shame researcher, Brene talks about vulnerability and shame. She talks about fear and failure.
She reminds us that those of us that are living wholeheartedly actively remind ourselves that we are Enough. Even if we fail we are Enough.
Good Enough. Special Enough. Valuable Enough. We are Enough.
So what’s the worst that could happen if I quit my day job and pursue my daydream?
I could Fail. I could Look Stupid. And I would still be Enough.
So Tell Me:
- What’s your current day dream that you would like to pursue?
- In the words of Marie, What’s the worst that could happen if you pursued it?
- If you failed, would you still believe that you are enough?