What If You Succeed?

Today, I would like to talk to you about, “What If You Succeed?” – based on a passage in the Bible regarding the Parable of the Bags of Gold, or what some refer to as the Parable of the Talents. The passage reads, “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you’” (Matthew 25:24-25).

Everyone in life is given an opportunity to succeed – however small the opportunity may seem. The man in the passage chose fear over opportunity. His fear of failing was stronger than his desire to prosper. Consequently, he chose the easier option and buried his gold. His mentality was, “What if I fail?” Many people, unfortunately, have the same negative approach to life: “What if I fail? What if it does not work?”

The what-if-I-fail mentality is a motivation-killer and a dream-silencer. When faced with the prospect of accomplishing something, a better attitude is to say, “What if I succeed? What if it works?” When people fail in life it means they first failed in their minds. The same applies to success. Those who are successful, first succeed in their minds.

In life, what you tell yourself is important. Due to fear of failure, many people have buried their precious ideas and dreams. Remember, when you bury your dream, you have buried your destiny.

To succeed at anything, your excitement about the possibility of succeeding should outweigh the fear of not making it. Some people have an unconscious phobia of success. They hide this fear behind the fear of failure. Those who are afraid to fail are also afraid to shine.

Failing at something is not failure. Real failure is doing nothing about your dreams because you are afraid you will fail. The fear of failure works on the lazy. Fear either will expose your laziness or reveal your determination. Lazy people use fear as an excuse to bury their dreams. Determined people, on the other hand, use fear as fuel to launch their dreams.

To summon the courage required to work on your dream, it is important to focus on what can work, and not be intimidated by what may not work. Talking yourself out of victory before the fight even begins is unwise. You can work out all the different scenarios in your head, but at the end of the day, the only way to be sure you will succeed, or fail is to act on your dreams; small steps or big steps – it does not matter.

Remember, fortune despises the fearful but favors risk-takers and action-takers. Where there is a will, there is a way. And as Robert Greene says, “If you cannot afford to lose, you won’t.” When your destiny is at stake, succumbing to fear is a luxury you cannot afford. It is better to fail at doing something than to succeed at doing nothing.

Follow your dream, not your fears.

With love and blessings


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