Have you ever noticed that when people start a question with “what if?” it usually ends up being a negative question?
- What if it doesn’t work?
- What if they don’t like it?
- What if the changes I make don’t work?
These are all fear based questions that lead you to focus on negative outcomes and what might go wrong.
You are less likely to take action to make change if you are only focusing on what bad thing might happen.
Asking “what if?” in this context keeps you stuck. If you stay stuck you are not likely to get the results you want in any area of your life.
And that is a pretty heavy cost to pay just from the way you use two little words.
But here is the interesting thing:
If you turn the use of “what if?” around, it can a very powerful way to motivate yourself to move forward.
For example, let’s look at the three examples above again and turn them on their heads:
- What if it not only works but it is a roaring success?
- What if they love it?
- What if the changes you make transform your life, work and relationships?
See the difference?
Asking “what if” in this context is much more likely to motivate and inspire you. If you feel motivated and inspired you are much more likely to take action. And if you are taking action, you are more likely to achieve the outcomes you want.
Isn’t that option a hugely better one than staying stuck because you have kept yourself in a mindset of fear?
Remember, you get what you focus on.
So the next time you are mulling an idea over and you catch yourself muttering “what if this, that and the other?” have a look if you are using it positively or negatively.
Because which way you use “what if?” will influence your outcome and results.
Yes, two words can be that powerful.
Train yourself to use “what if” scenarios to see the possibility, create feelings of motivation and move you forward.
Refuse to allow yourself to use “what if” to nurture fear based thinking that will keep you stuck.
Don’t underestimate the power of how the words you use impact your mindset and the results you get in all areas of your life.