Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What would you dare to accomplish if you knew you could not fail?

Flowers with money, Dollars, Euros

The Green Blogger Challenge for June 21 today is to write about the "Most recent words of wisdom you heard that stuck with you."

When I read the topic, I immediately thought of two quotes that I read recently.

The first I came across while doing some blog visits at Big Adventure Calling. Just under the header it reads,

"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why he allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when he could do something about it, but I'm afraid God would ask me the same question." ~Anonymous

Wow, what a powerful quote. Whether you are religious or not, I think that this is a real call to action. There is no reason that I can't be out there making a difference! Even when things in the world get really bad, there are small and simple things that we can do to make the situation better. Let's stop shifting the blame here and get to work!

The other quote (the title of this post) was actually a bumper sticker downtown. Bumper stickers are maybe not the typical place to go for inspiration and motivation, but, hey, it was something that I needed to hear at the time. The sticker read,

"What would you dare to accomplish if you knew you could not fail?"

I love the word choice: "dare to accomplish." It's true that making the effort to do something can be scary. That's where being daring comes in. And how about "you could not fail." It's not "would not fail," but "could not fail" which means to me that there is absolutely no possibility of messing things up!

Really, thinking about the things that I would accomplish if I knew I COULD NOT FAIL, it was kind of silly: learn Italian, finish my PhD (wouldn't that be a relief to us all!), be a good skiier, host a party, take my kids to the pool, lose weight, and of course, save the earth!

Looking back over my list, what could I possibly lose by seriously committing to any of these things? A little pride, a little time, perhaps? But honestly, they are all doable! Even if I "fail," have I really failed if I have tried and enjoyed the journey? I think that's an accomplishment all in itself.

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