just go ahead and do it

just go ahead and do it
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Maybe you’re thinking of starting something new and scary in your chosen field, maybe you’re getting ready finally to make the switch from a career to a calling, maybe you want to push the boundaries and make a bold and audacious move in your professional journey that might draw criticism from your peers and well-wishers.

If you’re encountering negativity in your head about whether you should take the leap or not, stop listening to your brain, and start listening to your heart and figure out what your soul is craving right now. If the thing you wish to do feels right to you, and if it’s something you have a firm and unshakeable belief in, just go ahead and do it!

Start making your dream a living and breathing reality without worrying about what “they” would say. When negative and restrictive “What if?” thoughts start swirling in your head, counter them with this simple, uplifting question: “What if it all works out?”

As Mel Robbins puts it, “What if it all works out? No, seriously. What if it all works out? What you think matters. Instead of considering the worst-case scenario - how about you consider the best. Believe it. Work for it. And it will.”

And let’s say if you muster the courage, move forward and things don’t go your way and if you experience a terrible, jarring failure, again, you don’t have to listen to what “they” say about you and your defeat. You just need to pat on your back, knowing you did your best. It’s only a failure if you don’t take the lessons learned and use them to your advantage once you get back up and continue the next leg of your adventure. Eventually, the ephemeral defeats you experience take you closer to magnificent successes. Be assured, as Napoleon Hill wrote, that every failure brings with it an equivalent seed of success.

And lastly, always keep the following words spoken by Theodore Roosevelt in his immensely popular “The Man in the Arena” speech in your mind to keep the fire of passion burning within you, no matter the circumstances:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”