What If You’re Wrong?

What if you’re wrong?
What if what you think is going to lead to success only turns out to be someone else’s wishful thinking?

What if your shortcut is really just a disappointing dead end?

What if everything you think you know about being successful and happy is wrong?

What then? What happens next?

Do you still plan on fighting? Or are you just going to make excuses and quit?

Think about that for a minute.

What’s your plan for when the bottom drops out?

Because it’s going to happen — and usually when you least expect it. If you aren’t sure what you’re going to do, you’re going to do something you’ll regret later.

You don’t want to fail.

You don’t want to quit. You don’t even want to consider the possibility of not getting to where you want to be. How do you know that you won’t quit?

You’ve been told that if you have a plan and work a process that success is inevitable.

And that’s right. Mostly. Kinda. It is true that if you keep moving towards where you want to be you’ll eventually end up there.

But that doesn’t mean you’re not going to have horrific setbacks and tragically unexpected challenges along the way.

It’s going to get tough.

No plan can save you from pain. No process can eliminate hard work.

A great plan might make it easier. A great process might make your work faster.

You’re still going to have to go through the valley of suffering. You’re going to feel like you can’t take another day of the misery that your life has become.

You’re going to have to look fear and agony straight in the eye and keep moving forward.

Even when you don’t want to.

Frankly, it doesn’t really matter at all if you’re wrong or if your shortcut is a fast path off the side of a cliff?

If you’re determined to continue then you have everything you need. Soul power.

The worst time to try to find that power is when you need it most — when you’re backed against a corner and struggling for air.

The time to get tough is now.

The time to be belligerent is now.

Perhaps a most important question than if you’re wrong is: “What are you doing today to make yourself tougher for the hard times coming tomorrow?”

Will you be ready to win or just making excuses for why you’re still losing?

Show up. Push yourself. Work manically on what matters.

Exercise your will to win.

0 Replies to “What If You’re Wrong?”

  1. Thanks Dan. You make me want me to come out swinging. I don’t like thinking that failure is ahead and is a very real possibility. I think that enough as it is. I do like having some kind of plan even if the bottom drops. Thanks for that. You are a machine for being able to pump out insightful well thought out motivational articles time after time that are NOT filled with the same old crap and fluff that so many “motivational” people do. Thanks for NOT saying what so many managers in offices think and put up on dry erase boards around the country. Thanks for being real.
    You should have a web page of pictures of some of the worst motivational posters, lame and worn out sayings that managers have put up… like “don’t put off what you can do today” or “always believe something wonderful is about to happen”

  2. Thanks, brother. I know I look at the world a little bit differently than everyone else — and sometimes that’s a good think.

    My goal is to keep the conversation at a level where people absolutely know what it takes. No jokes. No “fluffery”. Just the “god honest” truth.


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