I hear this statement ad nauseum. What if it doesn’t work? Starting a new business, adding new product sku’s, trying out new workout techniques, etc. The list goes on and on.
Preparation + Confidence
I've prepared and built confidence over the past 20+ years, and now, I’m going to form a new book based around these concepts. I’m beyond excited. What does preparation and confidence give you? It gives you the ability to create solutions. Just like a boxer eats shots, you’ll do the same. However, you’re going to come back with shots of your own. You’re going to bob, weave, and persevere to eventually get to where you want to go. Never focus on, "Is it not going to work?"
Here's What I Do
What about big decisions and/or big risks? Ask yourself, “What’s the worst-case scenario? What’s the worst that can happen, and I’m still okay?” Focus on what’s possible.
Take into consideration Abraham Lincoln’s legendary quote. “To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all - but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.” There's a lot of sauce to that. I am never going to put a bunch of energy into what I don't want to happen. I'm only going to put energy into what I think is possible.
Like Eric Thomas always says, "Winners win, losers lose." Have a winner’s mentality. Have the expectation to win. I may not know the time frame or how I’m going to get there, but I’m confident that I will figure it out. I know that this is the ultimate difference maker when it comes to making decisions. ALL CHIPS IN.
Opportunity + Risk
That’s the way I think about opportunity and risk. What happens if it doesn’t work? I’ve already processed and thought about the worst-case scenario. Some people say that this is like keeping your head in the sand. I disagree.
There are two ways to live this life. You can worry about every negative outcome, or you can look at every possibility in a positive light. Will there be curveballs flung your way? Absolutely, 100%. But, through daily rituals, habits, routines, and confidence, you can find your way back to the path.
I believe that daily confidence is something you build through the gym, personal development material, and experience. These together will fight off the doubt that attempts to plague your mind.
I never think it's not going to work. I expect to win each and every time I take on something. I'm just willing to do what it takes. Cultivating this sort of mentality will dramatically help you in the long run and keep you on the pathway to success.