One of the questions I am often asked by clients, when we talk about trying something new, is “How do I know it will work?” The answer is you can’t know if it will work unless you try. However sometimes people want guarantees and they will not try unless they know that whatever they are trying will work. It is impossible to know if something will work unless we try it, so don’t let not knowing stop you. Part of trying is learning what works. We call that experience.
My husband and I were talking about doing something new with one of our websites and I found myself asking the familiar question “Will it work?” And of course I answered my own question, “We won’t know until we try.” We can’t try everything, but often we don’t try anything for fear that it won’t work. There is only one way of knowing if something will work or not, and that is to try it. It may not work the way we think it will. It might be different than we expect or provide feedback in a way that doesn’t work. Whatever the results, we will be further ahead for trying than if we allowed ourselves to stay stuck worrying about whether it will work or not.
The question really isn’t “Will it work?” but is “Am I willing to try?” Often we don’t try because we are afraid of looking foolish, or because of possible failure, or because of plain fear. We stop ourselves without even giving it a try. The only way we will know if it will work is to try it. Don’t allow yourself to be stopped by things you make up in your head. You can’t know unless you try. Experience is the only way to know if something will work. So stop obsessing over feasibility, and just try it.
Are you willing to give it a try?
This week practice saying, “I will give it a try” instead of asking the question “Will it work?”
Daily Success Formula
Trying + Willingness = New Experience
“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.” Winston Churchill
“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To dare is to lose one’s footing temporarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” Soren Kierkegaard
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” Beverly Sills