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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

...if you knew you could not fail

I'm not usually in the habit of deep thought in the mornings. Or like ever, really. I mean, every once in a while, I'll wax philosophical, but pretty much never in the mornings, seeing as how, you know....I hate them. 

But this morning, when my befuddled and still half asleep self was blindly reaching into my cupboard for a coffee cup before I wandered over to mooch some caramel coffee off my sister, I couldn't help but notice this cup. 
motivational coffee mug

And even though I've had this cup for years, for some reason this morning, the message really hit me. So my brain immediately woke itself up and started thinking.... If I KNEW I wouldn't fail, what would I do? 

- I would open a bakery. And probably a lingerie shop. Paradoxical, I know.... But still, I just think it would be fun to do both. I'd open a salon while I was at it, too. Have a little chocolate deliciousness, then wander over and get yourself pampered AND get some sweet new underthings? That sounds like my kind of day. 

- I would immediately go back to school, and complete the following degrees (at a minimum): Psychology, Pre-Med, Digital Marketing, Secondary Education, Interior Design, and Human Resources. Since I knew I wouldn't fail, I would of course take courses for all of them simultaneously, so as to lessen the amount of time between now and when I have my multiple degrees. 

- I'd buy a lottery ticket, too. Someone's gotta pay for the schooling and the business openings, right? 

- I would begin training to become a dance instructor. Probably a Zumba instructor, actually.. Eva always looks like she is having the time of her life when she is teaching, and is in like, perfect shape, which would be pretty rad. 

- I would train to become an Olympic swimmer. I'd be going for the gold, obviously. 

- I would write a book. I would definitely write a book. More than one, probably. 

There are probably a lot more things that I would try to do, if I spent a bit more time thinking about it. But here's the kicker... Really, what is stopping me from doing all (or at least most) of these things already? Probably nothing more than my own insecurity/laziness/fear/whatever. Obtaining six undergraduate degrees? Yes, without unlimited time and funds (neither of which I have), that would be tough. Buying a lottery ticket would just be stupid, since there's no way to guarantee that I'd make it. And I've definitely passed the window to become an Olympic athlete, no question there. 

I could write a book though. And I could work to get in shape and learn how to dance, and then train to become an instructor. Hell, I could even probably open a bakery and a lingerie store someday, too. 

The struggle that I have is that I get all nervous that I'll mess up, I'll make the wrong decision, I'll end up losing lots of money/time, whatever. And I let that fear make me motionless. I freeze, because for some crazy reason, I'd rather just not do anything, than try something and fail.

And that, my friends, is just plain stupid. 

So now it's your turn: What would YOU attempt, if you knew you could not fail?

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  1. I'm stealing (borrowing) this idea because you are a genius! I fully support your opening a million shops and getting all kinds of degrees. You should add a degree in Muggle Studies though!

  2. Girl you would be in college for 100 years, LMAO. I love this though, great idea for a blog post. How much funner life would be if we did not have those worries that kept us from doing things we love so much.

  3. I LOVE this post! I think I might steal this idea just FYI. :) If I knew I couldn't fail, I think I'd have my own fashion empire, become a best-selling novelist and become a doctor OH and invent that magic pill everyone wants to find that will enable them to eat massive amounts of thin mint cookies and carbs without gaining a pound. ;)

  4. Love this!! I need to have a mindset more like this!

    1. Thanks! It's kind of tough to think like that sometimes, especially because, well....we are going to fail sometimes. It's just a fact of life. But if would just stop telling ourselves that we can't do whatever thing for whatever reason, I think we'd probably really surprise ourselves with what we can actually accomplish when we have faith in ourselves and our abilities. Let me know if you ever need encouragement on something! I'd be happy to help. :)

  5. This is pretty awesome. I would so go back to school. In a heartbeat. And then I'd go do more school. And then maybe even more. I like to learn!

  6. Write a book would be my #1! I'm actually in process now, but it would be amazing to know that it couldn't fail and would end up being a cult classic or something.

  7. First I must ask how did you do the pic slidehow from instagram. how do you do that? b/c i've seen that alot on bloggers pages and would love it. it's cute. so if you can let me know if you know or not i'd appreciate it.

    I'd go back and get a degree in Early Childhood Education and come an elementary teacher. maybe 1st or 2nd grade.



  8. I would make so many different decisions but the big one for me is just packing up and going travelling and working. I love that I'm educated but I still feel like I've missed out on a lot. Also, I would change my degree majors a bit. Good question ~ thanks!!!

  9. I would make rice, because rice hates me and I can't cook it. Ever. hahaha but good idea, love this post.

  10. My husband and I are going to steal this idea - I cannot wait to see his list! He's interested in seeing my too. :)

  11. I'm totally doing this for my blog! How do we link up??


  12. Very thought provoking post actually !! I'd probably (a) settle down in a country - farming and raise chicken in my backyard. (b) Be a relationship coach


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