What is the What If Strategy and what can it do for you? Because there are two ways to use this strategy, I will start with the most common version.
In this first version, a person pursuing a goal asks himself a very simple question. What if I succeed and reach my goal? In other words, what benefits will I gain and what kind of person will I become with this achievement?
Those answers becomes your "WHY?" And if you have a big enough 'Why,' you can achieve almost anything.
When you come up against a very difficult barrier, an obstacle, you can use the What If Strategy in a different way. Now, instead of asking what if I achieve my goal, you ask, "What if I overcome this obstacle?"
Think what it will be like once you are on the other side of the obstacle. Think of the feeling you will experience. Now, it could be easy sailing all the way to the end. Think what that will do to your self-esteem and self-confidence.
It is important to realize that a lot of people might not overcome the obstacle you have just encountered. Instead they think it is too hard and quit. And it seems to them more sane to go to something else.
But, here's the problem with that logic - the greatest treasure does not lie in that other direction. No matter what it is. The real treasure is this: When you face a challenge that you find so extremely difficult, and you overcome it, in that moment, you discover who you really are. That can only happen by going through very difficult obstacles. And you can't put a price on that.
To achieve it, you have to go outside your comfort zone. There is no choice here. That is where your growth and potential lie.
Jim Rohn use to say, "Don't wish for things to be easier, wish for you to be stronger." That quote reminds me of a saying my father had. When things were really tough for him, he'd say to himself, "This will make me stronger."
It is estimated that humans use only about 40% of their potential. One of the reasons they fail to reach that potential is their decision to not move forward when facing a really difficult challenge. When things got tough, they gave up.
But what if what they desire is only a few feet away from the point they quit? If they would have just gone just a little further, fought a little harder, maybe they could have reached their goal and become the person they were meant to be. All they had to do was apply the What If Strategy.
Let's use an example. Let's say someone says to you that you can't get out of debt, you're just too far into it. This is probably coming from someone you know that is in the same boat you are. You know how birds of a feather flock together. And let's say in the past, you would have just agreed with them, and maybe added how the world just isn't fair.
But, little does that friend know that you recently read about the What If Strategy. And you figure maybe it could work for you. So you know there are two ways to use the strategy. The first is to ask, "What If I figure a way to get out of debt?" Well, it would bring you much closer to financial independence, wouldn't it? And nobody in your family had achieved that. That would feel pretty good. It would also mean, over time, you could probably buy a house. Which means you would accumulate equity. Then, unlike your friend, you would own an asset.
That all sounds pretty good. So you get a couple books to help you out. One is Money Mastery by Tony Robbins. You read it even though you don't feel like it. (You could use The 5 Second Rule or any of the others strategies. Or maybe even use a combination of many strategies.)
Life has a funny way of putting obstacles in your way. You get sick and have a medical bill that puts you further behind. In the past, you would have said, "The heck with it." This time however, you use the What If Strategy in connection of overcoming an obstacle. You ask yourself, "What if I don't let this stop me." It's just an inconvenience. You think first about why you are on this journey in the first place. To be the first in your family to achieve financial independence and own a home. You've been looking and you have already found a couple possible future homes.
Then you think of the second way to use the What If Strategy. What if I get over this sickness quickly. To make up for lost time, I could maybe work some overtime. Or better yet, a part-time job. You think even further. I could find something I believe in and sell it to earn commission. You realize, there are many ways to get past this situation. And think of the person you would become. Your self-esteem would go up. You would realize you're stronger than you had realized. And that you really can use more than 40% potential to get ahead.
Think about using the What If Strategy in the two ways you have seen thus far, and then combined it with the Slight Edge Philosophy. That would be a powerhouse.
With the Slight Edge Philosophy, you've learned you do the easy, mundane actions every day that seem to make no difference until, through accumulation, they do. You get your initial boost of energy from thinking about the benefits you would get when you accomplished your goal. That answers the question, What If I Succeed? But in the process you have taken the small actions that make a big difference over time.
Then, when you come against some barriers and feel out of your comfort zone, you ask yourself, "What if I overcome this obstacle? And the next and the next?" Think about what kind of person you become. Stronger than you realize. And you want that feeling. No more feeling weak and powerless. Now you've got a philosophy and a strategy to help you succeed. You are no longer like the common man. You are on your way.
And now, another booster shot. What if you combine the 5 Second Rule to the other two? Now, you're doing things you don't want to do. And it's easy. 5,4,3,2,1 move...blastoff.
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To go to the Slight Edge Philosophy page, click here.
To go to the Motivation Techniques page, click here.