What if it goes right?

A friend recently told me about their plans for setting up their own business. They’ve been thinking about it on and off for years and as we come out of the pandemic, they told me that it seemed like a good time to make it happen.

But strangely, although she was clearly passionate about this idea, all I could hear her say was ‘But what if it goes wrong?’

What if I start the business and things don’t work out? Businesses go under all the time.

But what if it goes right?

What if I go with this supplier/client and it goes wrong and they end up leaving me in the lurch?

But what if it goes right?

You get the drift.

And this can apply to any situation where you have to make a ‘big’ decision such as accepting a job offer, getting into a new relationship or moving house. 

Yes, we have to be practical and realistic with our dreams and ambitions if we want to make them happen, but how does constantly focusing on the potential negative outcomes help achieve this?

There are no guarantees of course and I do not belong to the cheesy, simplistic and perhaps even potentially toxic ‘positivity is everything’ school of thought, but from a purely practical point of view –

How differently could things turn out if we focus on the positive factors of our situation?

It takes just as much energy to focus on something positive as it does something negative. 

And even if the result is not what we would have wanted, we would have at least spent our time more constructively wanting something good to happen as opposed to expecting something bad to happen.

I know which I would prefer. What about you?

If you’d like help to move forward and gain a more positive perspective, why not contact me and see where a session of Career + CV Therapy can take you?

Email louise@careertherapy.co.uk
Linkedin Louise Newton
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