One Surprising Word That Could Be Holding You Back

Have you ever wanted to do something, but for some reason you didn’t do it?

I saw this cool drawing workshop and for some reason I hesitated.

“I should be working during that time.”

“What if my clients need something?”

“What if my kids are sick that day and I can’t go?”

“What if everyone gets annoyed that I show up late?”

Imagining.

I was imagining those situations. They weren’t real. I was holding myself back from doing something really fun and creative and cool, just because in my head I was imagining what might happen and what could happen, instead of thinking of how amazing the event would be if I attended.

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Now don’t get me wrong, imagining can be powerful and positive when we are visualizing what we want. But when we use it to imagine what we don’t want. Not good.

So I decided to go back through my negative imaginations and be realistic.

“I should be working during that time.”

Well, I work a lot of hours during the week, and I will work my schedule around it. That’s one of the benefits of owning my own business.

“What if my clients need something?”

If they do, I will respond and send it to them that evening.

“What if my kids are sick that day and I can’t go?”

I can ask my (amazing, wonderful) mom if she can watch them or pick them up if they happen to get sick that day.

“What if everyone gets annoyed that I show up late?”

I can message the woman having the event and see if I would be distracting coming in late.

Going through the list of ‘what if’s’ and thinking of a realistic solution to all of them showed me that there was no good reason for me not to attend this creative event.

Do you use your imagination to hold you back? Let me know in the comments!

(FYI, I have since messaged the woman holding the event to make sure I can attend even though I’m going to be late and have to leave early.)