What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you could not fail?
This was a question that a friend of mine, Jacob Sokol, posted on his blog. Awesome question Jacob! I want you to ponder this question. What would you truly do if you could not fail? At first this may cause you to hesitate, especially if you’ve never dreamed before. Yet once you get the ball rolling I’m sure you’ll come up with some pretty cool ideas.
For me it was never the question that moved me so deeply, it was the responses from some of the top bloggers. Most replied with things like world peace, freedom from cultural domestication, timetravel, family connections, combining all religions, slaying fear, the list went on and on with beautiful responses.
Yes these are all amazing and wonderful things that would continue to make this world a better place. But being the “gear head” that I am there was one response that completely blew my mind away.
When asked, what he would dream if he knew he could not fail…
Jonathan Fields responded with this:
“Nothing. Because the win would be hollow. Knowing you cannot fail is the functional equivalent of having an outcome that is certain. Anything certain has already been done. So, certain outcomes translate to no risk and no growth. And the closer you round an outcome to certain, the less impact it has both on you and on those you seek to serve.
The real magic happens when you keep fear and uncertainty in the equation, but equip yourself with the skills, abilities, tools and mindset to lean into them and create something that’s never been created before.”
Speak the words that further the silence Jon. Ok, let’s dissect this great minds idea.
Nothing… I never saw that response coming. Because the win would be hollow… Interesting in that knowing something with such certainty decreases the value of the expected outcome.
Knowing you cannot fail is the functional equivalent of having an outcome that is certain. Anything certain has already been done… So certainty and innovation have an inverse relationship. If we’re certain it’s been done it’s therefore not as profound. OK, I love this! I know that each and every one of us has a song, a voice, a message, a purpose that is distinctively unique and has never been expressed in its uniqueness from anyone else. To me, Jon is saying that if you don’t fully express that, you are robbing the world of your gifts and will therefore not be fulfilled.
So, certain outcomes translate to no risk and no growth… So you’re not finding your edge and staying in your comfort zone. Yes, fully agree, no risk = no growth. Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.
And the closer you round an outcome to certain, the less impact is has both on you and on those you seek to serve. Again, not shining your uniqueness and light robs you and the world of your greatness.
The real magic happens when you keep fear and uncertainty in the equation, but equip yourself with the skills, abilities, tools and mindset to lean into them and create something that’s never been created before…. Amen! It’s never about the attainment of the outcome, it’s about who we become, how we grow, evolve, expand our awareness and lean into the new innovative strategies while in the pursuit of a dream that we may never attain.
Jonathon, thank you for your great mind and expanding my awareness and clarity. I love it!
In my life I have failed so much more than I have succeeded. So much so that there was a time that I believed that it would just be better to simply end my life. Success is not defined by our accomplishments. It is defined by our ability to get back up, again and again to face the fear and uncertainty that comes up within ourselves and the people we’re trying to serve.
Mastery is not about getting rid of fear. It’s about managing your fear and uncertainty by growing to become bigger, larger and more conscious than it. This is how we are meant to evolve. Everyday I try to do something that scares me. I became a doctor because I was afraid of school. I became a speaker because I was afraid to public speak. I ran a 100 miles because I didn’t know I could do it. I share my story of my life with the world because I am afraid of peoples judgements. In doing so I am growing exponentially and creating a greater impact on the lives of people I seek to serve.
I invite you to join me in keeping fear and uncertainty in the equation for all that you be, do and have.
To Your Mastery,